The Kept Woman (Sekishô), from the series Eight Modern Women with Children (Tôsei komochi hakkei)

「当世子持八景 関娼」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1803 (Kyôwa 3)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Maruya Jinpachi (Marujin, Enjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #188.2; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 167.1.2; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #740

Dimensions

Vertical aiban; 34.5 x 21.9 cm (13 9/16 x 8 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

54.281

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

A pun on the theme of “Sunset Glow” (sekishô).

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

Provenance

1954, by exchange from Worcester Art Museum to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 8, 1954)

Credit Line

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Worcester Art Museum exchange, made possible through the Special Korean Pottery Fund, Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, and Smithsonian Institution—Chinese Expedition, 1923–24