Sugawara of the Tsuruya, from the series Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters (Seirô bijin zoroe)
「青楼美人揃 つるや 須賀わら」
1811 (Bunka 8), 11th month
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867)
Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24.2 cm (14 x 9 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The publisher’s mark has been almost completely cut off (at the lower left, below the censor’s seal).
Censor's seals: kiwame, Tsuruya Kinsuke
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