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Kisegawa of the Matsubaya (Matsubaya Kisegawa, in rebus form), from the series Comparing the Charms of Five Beauties (Gonin bijin aikyô kurabe)

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From the first version of the series, with the women's names in rebus form.

Signed

Shômei Utamaro hitsu

Marks

Collector's seal: Tadamasa; Artist's seal: Honke (True line)

Provenance

Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#271); 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 1795–96 (Kansei 7–8)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #232; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #296.3.1, and pl. 60; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 57.1.3; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #73

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 25.2 cm (15 3/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.6451

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints