Courtesans Viewing Cherry Blossoms

仲之町の桜 (校合摺)

Japanese
Edo period
1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0797; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #38

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.6 x 27 cm (15 3/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.13959

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.13959 (C, key block), 11.14007-9 (complete triptych), 11.14010-2 (complete triptych), 21.7431-2 (L and C)

Signed

Kiyonaga ga
清長画

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