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No. 8, from the series Letters of Beautiful Courtesans (Keisei fumi no sugata)

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Utamaro ga 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

Japanese, Edo period, about 1782 (Tenmei 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #617.3, and pl. 17; for others in the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #20

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 21.6 x 16.3 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19995

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints