Woman Doctor (Onna ishi) (right), Haikai Poet (Haikaishi) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 女医者」 「女風俗品さだめ 俳諧師」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://togetter.com/li/905917; Collier-Suzuki, Complete Prints of Utamaro (2009), #s 115.3-4

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.5 x 28.1 cm (8 1/16 x 11 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21686

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 女医者
医ハ生死を預かるの大業なれバ女の知の及び難きところなれども、人身の病我と異なる事なし。さすれバ婦人の病苦を救ふハその頼みなきにしもあらず。

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 俳諧師
松永貞徳連歌の方式を規矩にして俳諧の方式を立しより連歌俳諧二物になりてこの道盛んに行われ、丹州の捨女、勢州の園女、加賀の千代いづれもこの道の名人なり。素園(千代女)が句に
蝶々や 女の道の あとやさき

Signed

Utamaro ga (on each design)
歌麿画

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