Woodblock Printer, [Print Shop], Distributing New Prints (Surikô, mise saki, shinpan kubari), from the series The Cultivation of Brocade Prints, A Famous Product of Edo (Edo meibutsu nishiki-e kôsaku)

「江戸名物錦画耕作 摺工・店先・新板くばり」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1803 (Kyôwa 3)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #426; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 3 (1982), #332; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #114.4-6; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 17.1.3-4 (2 sheets only)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38 x 75.6 cm (14 15/16 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.14539-41

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.14539 (left), 11.14540 (center), 11.14541 (right)

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