An Array of Modern Beauties (Tôsei bijin soroe)
1859 (Ansei 6), 11th month
Vertical ôban pentaptychl 36.2 × 121.8 cm (14 1/4 × 47 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The names of the individual courtesans are not given.
Yoshitora ga (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: Goat 11 aratame
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