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Complete View of a Courtesan House in Tokyo (Tôkei girô ichiran)

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Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu (on each sheet) 一魁斎芳年筆


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, Meiji era, 1870 (Meiji 3), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Newland, Yoshitoshi (2011), #61; Konishi, Nishiki-e bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 5 (1977), pp. 44-6


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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