Courtesan of Kyoto, Center Sheet of a Triptych (Kyô, sanpukutsui chû)

「京 三幅対 中」

Edo period
about 1735 (Kyôhô 20)
Artist Hirose Shigenobu (Japanese, active about 1716–1736), Publisher Murataya Jirobei (Eiyûdô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #45 (R only, 1st state); TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 1 (1960), #s 117-9 (complete, 2nd state); Gunsaulus, AIC cat. I (1955), p. 72 (uncut, 2nd state); Ukiyo-e taisei 2 (1931), #161 (C only, 2nd state)


Hosoban; 30.6 x 14.4 cm (12 1/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Apparently the third state, with replaced head as in second state, and other changes.
The theme of the triptych is “Courtesans of the Three Cities,” with Edo represented in the right sheet, Kyoto in the center sheet, and Osaka in the left sheet. In the second edition, the heads were replaced and their position was reversed; see Waterhouse for discussion of states.
Right sheet, first state: 21.5883
Center sheet, third (?) state: 06.1109
Left sheet, first state: 21.5884


Hirose Shigenobu hitsu


March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection