Women under Cherry Blossoms, from the series Contest of Contemporary Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters (Tôsei yûri bijin awase)

「当世遊里美人合」 花下酔美人

Japanese
Edo period
about 1783 (Tenmei 3)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0341; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #3.15, and pls. 96-97; Chiba, Torii Kiyonaga (2007), p. 89 (reference photo); MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #59

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 39 x 52 cm (15 3/8 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.13969-70

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.13969 (left), 11.13970 (right)

MFA impresions: 11.13969-70, 21.7425-6

Signed

Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet)
清長画

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