The Courtesan Umegawa and Chûbei of the Courier Firm (Keisei Umegawa, Hikyakuya Chûbei), from the series True Feelings Compared: The Founts of Love (Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami)

「実競色乃美名家見 契情梅川 飛脚屋忠兵衛」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1798–99 (Kansei 10–11)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #303; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #367.12.2; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 110.3.4; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #369

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.9 x 26.3 cm (15 5/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.14305

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14305, 21.6437

The publisher’s seal reads “Sei han” and according to Asano and Clark is most likely a relative of Nishimuraya Yohachi or part of a related firm.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

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