The Six Poetic Immortals (Rokkasen), from the series Collection of Skits from the Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara (Seirô Niwaka kyôgen zukushi)

「青楼俄狂言尽 六歌仙」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1776–81 (An'ei 5–Tenmei 1)
Artist Isoda Koryûsai (Japanese, 1735–1790), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hockley 2003, p. 212, #L-3-3

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 26.3 x 19 cm (10 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.13475

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Presented by the Matsuganeya: Momiji as Bun’ya Yasuhide, Tatsuta and Kakeo as Accompanying Warriors, and Kichiji as a Footman (Yakko)

Signed

Koryû ga

湖竜画

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection