Women Imitating an Imperial Procession

御所車見立て行列

Japanese
Edo period
1806 (Bunka 3), 1st month
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #245.1-3, and pls. 211-3; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 31.3.1-3

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38.8 x 52.2 cm (15 1/4 x 20 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14480-1

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two right sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.14480 (right), 11.14481 (left)

MFA impressions: *11.14385VR (*11.14385, *11.14434; two right sheets only; deaccessioned in 2012), 11.14480-1 (two right sheets only), 21.7706-8 (complete triptych), 21.7709-11 (complete triptych)

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)
歌麿筆

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, shô (i.e. first month)
改印:極、正

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