Widow (Goke) (right), Palace Attendant (Goshiden) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 後家」 「女風俗品さだめ 御仕殿」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://togetter.com/li/905917; Collier-Suzuki, Complete Prints of Utamaro (2009), #s 115.8 and 115.7

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.4 x 28.1 cm (8 1/16 x 11 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21689

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Joint image: 11.21689 (top), 11.21688 (bottom).

Inscription

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 御仕殿
女ハひとたび宮仕へこそせまほしきものなり。ことに忠孝貞信一つも欠けてハ勤る事難し。
(女は一度宮仕えをしておきたいものである。加えて忠孝貞信のうち一つでも欠けていては勤めることは難しい)

Signed

Utamaro ga (on each design)
歌麿画

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