Courtesan at the Sumitoku Room in Kyoto Shimabara Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)


Ukiyo-e: polychrome woodblock prints; triptych


sheet: 14 1/2 × 28 in. (36.8 × 71.1 cm)

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Frances Gaylord Smith Collection

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Edo period (1615–1868)


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Frances Gaylord Smith (Mrs. George T. Smith) Collection; by descent to nephew Gaylord Donnelley (1910–1992) and Dorothy Ranney Donnelley (1910–2002); loaned in 1969, and given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1973
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color woodcuts


Triptych format\r\n\r\nOn the right panel with Nakai, the writing in her scroll seems to be "ka (u?)meya uchi, KodayŪ; Ebiya uchi, ?i tayŪ"\r\n\r\nOn the engawa (veranda), the cartouche reads (from right): "ichi mai ita, uchi mawashi en", the outer porch is made of one wood going around."\r\nThe title above Nakai reads "Kyoto Shimabara Sumitoku zashiki tayŪ shuhai no zu"\r\n\r\nOn the central panel with Tayu, just her name and Kunisada's signature present (Gototei is one of his signatures)\r\n\r\nOn the left panel with Hikifune, in the background outside the second floor room is a sign that saying "Aogai no Ma" (Room of Blue Shells).


lower right; middle left; lower right

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