Wakamurasaki of the Tamaya at Edo-machi itchôme in the New Yoshiwara, from an untitled series of courtesans under cherry blossoms at night
夜桜に遊女 「新吉原 江戸町一丁目 玉屋内 若紫」
Artist Unknown, Japanese
Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25.1 cm (14 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Set of five, forming an optional pentaptych: 11.21467-71 (no VR because order is uncertain)
A similar series of 5 sheets, also without signature, marks, or seals is illustrated in Hibiya, “Egakareta hana oiran …,” in Ukiyo-e Art 158 (2009), fig. 10. Hibiya dates his set to 1854-5.
The MFA also has two sheets that may be from a third series of the same kind, 17.3213.22 and 2014.1970.
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
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