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Shirai Gonpachi and Komurasaki of the Miuraya, from the series True Feelings Compared: The Founts of Love (Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami)

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MFA impressions: 11.14287, 21.6434 The publisher's seal reads "Chô han" and according to Asano and Clark is most likely a relative of Nishimuraya Yohachi or part of a related firm.


Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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 1798–99 (Kansei 10–11)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #367.4; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 110.1.4; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 298-306 (this design not illustrated)


Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 26.7 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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