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」
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
Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 24.7 cm (14 13/16 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
Censor's seal: kiwame
Formerly in Jacquin collection (#665); spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection