Courtesans, from the album Yoshiwara keisei shin bijin awase jihitsu kagami (New Beauties of the Yoshiwara in the Mirror of their Own Script)
1784 (Tenmei 4)
Artist Kitao Masanobu (Santô Kyôden) (Japanese, 1761–1816)
Asia Soc./JASA, Designed for Pleasure (2008), pp. 122-3, fig. 85
Horizontal double ôban; 37.3 x 50.5 cm (14 11/16 x 19 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The complete album: 11.26658-64 (pictures) plus 11.42322-23 (text panels and covers).
MFA impressions of the intact book: 34.394 (2nd edition), 2006.1341 (2nd edition), 2006.1589 (1st edition)
(this page unsigned)
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)
 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