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Nobleman Visiting a Lady

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Right sheet of an incomplete pentaptych. MFA impressions: 11.15017 (center sheet), 11.15019 (far right sheet), 21.7654-8 (complete pentaptych)


Rekisentai Eiri ga 礫川亭永理画


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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, about 1795–1801 (late Kansei era)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 200; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eiri list, #10.1-5; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #s 2332-4 (three center sheets only)


Vertical ôban; 38 x 24.7 cm (14 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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