Somenosuke of the Matsubaya, kamuro Wakagi and Wakaba, from the series Beauties for the Five Festivals (Bijin gosekku)

「美人五節句 松葉屋うち 染之助 わかき わかは」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795–97 (Kansei 7–9)
Artist Ichirakutei Eisui (Japanese, active 1790–1823)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eisui list, #10.1; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 497, list no. C3; Ukiyo-e taikei 6 (1975), #252; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2312

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 24 cm (15 3/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14697

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14697, 21.8402

Signed

Ichirakutei Eisui ga
一楽亭栄水画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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