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Woodblock Printer, [Print Shop], Distributing New Prints (Surikô, mise saki, shinpan kubari), from the series The Cultivation of Brocade Prints, A Famous Product of Edo (Edo meibutsu nishiki-e kôsaku)

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Triptych: 11.14539 (left), 11.14540 (center), 11.14541 (right)

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet) 歌麿筆

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 1803 (Kyôwa 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #426; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 3 (1982), #332; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #114.4-6; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 17.1.3-4 (2 sheets only)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.14539-41

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints