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The Courtesan Umegawa and Chûbei of the Courier Firm (Keisei Umegawa, Hikyakuya Chûbei), from the series True Feelings Compared: The Founts of Love (Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami)

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MFA impressions: 11.14305, 21.6437 The publisher's seal reads "Sei han" and according to Asano and Clark is most likely a relative of Nishimuraya Yohachi or part of a related firm.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆

Marks

Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

Provenance

Formerly in Jacquin collection (#665); spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1798–99 (Kansei 10–11)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #303; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #367.12.2; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 110.3.4

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 24.7 cm (14 13/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.6437

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints