Panorama of the Second Floor of a Brothel, a Pentaptych (Seiro nikai no zu, goban tsuzuki)

「青楼二階之図 五ばん続」

Japanese
Edo period
1813 (Bunka 10), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), p. 16, fig. 8 (complete); Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #11 (complete)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.39464

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete pentaptych; title on center right sheet, publisher on left sheet.

Signed

Kunisada ga
国貞画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Maruya Bun'emon
改印:極、丸文

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: January 19, 2005)

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