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Naka-no-chô in the New Yoshiwara (Shin Yoshiwara Naka-no-chô no zu), from the series Scenes of Japan in Perspective Pictures (Uki-e Wakoku keiseki)

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MFA impressions: 11.14711 (day), 11.14734 (night, with different color blocks)


Utagawa Toyoharu ga 歌川豊春画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, early 1770s (late Meiwa–early An'ei era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Utagawa Toyoharu to sono jidai (1994), #46 (night); Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 7 (1980), #s 81 (day) and 82 (night); Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #147 (described but not illustrated)


Horizontal ôban; 26.3 x 38.3 cm (10 3/8 x 15 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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