Three Drunken Courtesans, a Triptych: the Angry Drunk, the Weepy Drunk, the Giggly Drunk (Keisei sannin yoi, sanpuku no uchi: haratate jôgo, naki jôgo, warai jôgo)

「契情三人酔 三副之内 腹立上戸 (泣上戸) 笑上戸」

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #59.1-3, and pls. 130-2; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 11.3.1-3

Dimensions

Vertical aiban diptych; 31.3 x 43.9 cm (12 5/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14424, 11.14432

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (right and left sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.14424 (left), 11.14432 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.14424VR (11.14424, 11.14432; right and left sheets only), 11.14530-2

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)
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