Yoshiwara, from the series Shank's Mare on the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidôchû Kurige no Yajiuma)
「東海道中 栗毛弥次馬 吉原」
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1)
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Text by Kanagaki Robun (Japanese), Publisher Shinagawaya Kyûsuke, later Sugiura Asajirô (Tôseidô) (Japanese)
Horizontal chûban; 18.1 x 23.9 cm (7 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From an album in two volumes: Volume I, 11.45395.1-.25, and Vol. II, 11.45395.26-.58.
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection