Three Beautiful Mistresses (Kakoi san bijin)

「伽子居三美人」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1793–94 (Kansei 5–6)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Matsumura Tatsuemon (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #118; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #653.1, and pl. 119; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 216.1.1; TNM, Ukiyo-e Prints 2 (1962), #1879; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #329

Dimensions

Hosoban; 32 x 14 cm (12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.19253

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

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