Twelve Courtesans of the Ôgiya on Display

扇屋十二美人張見世

Japanese
Edo period
1806 (Bunka 3), 6th month
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Ômiya Gonkurô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #316.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 12 (1980), pls. 192-4; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 20.3.1-3

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.8 x 79.2 cm (15 1/4 x 31 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14413, 11.14451, 11.14452

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.14413 (left), 11.14451 (center), 11.14452 (right)

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)
歌麿筆

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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