Two Courtesans with a Letter

文読む二人遊女

Japanese
Edo period
about 1765–69 (Meiwa 2–7)
Artist Komai Yoshinobu (Japanese, active about 1765–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #134; Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #672; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 374

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 26.2 x 19.5 cm (10 5/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19801

Medium or Technique

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

Out on Loan

On display at Abeno Harukas Art Museum, Osaka, Japan, April 24, 2018 – June 24, 2018

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem: Koi sureba/ ukimi sae koso/ oshimarure/ onaji yo dani/ suman to omoeba

Signed

Komai Yoshinobu ga
駒井美信画

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