Peony: Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya at Edo-machi Itchôme, kamuro Yoshino and Tatsuta, from an untitled series of courtesans compared to flowers
太夫花見立 芍薬 「江戸町一丁目 扇屋内 花扇 よしの たつた」
about 1802 (Kyôwa 2)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)
Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #180.2; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pl. 131; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 78.3.2; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #676
Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 26.3 cm (15 3/16 x 10 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.14315, 21.6462
The MFA impressions have no publisher’s mark. The Honolulu impression has the mark of publisher Maruya Jinpachi and some differences in the color blocks along the lower edge.
No censor's seal
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