MFA impressions: 11.23011 (possibly a later edition), 11.40065 (with slight differences) The courtesan is imitating the style of actor Iwai Hanshirô V.
Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画
Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極
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:  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
Japanese, Edo period, about 1817 (Bunka 14)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô), Japanese
Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 24.6 cm (14 7/16 x 9 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper