Art/ Collection/ Art Object

当世恋歌八契 お七と吉三郎
The Lovers Oshichi and Kichisaburo

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1800
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
JP1439
Not on view
The lurid story of this ill-fated pair was made into a popular Kabuki drama. Oshichi, the daughter of a greengrocer, fell in love with Kichisaburo when she was evacuated to a temple where he was a boy servant during the great 1683 fire in Edo. After returning home she was unable to see him again. Insane with longing, she deliberately set fire to her house and was later tried and executed for arson.
Signature: Utamaro fude
Related Objects

Picture of the Temporary Lodgings of the New Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarter at Ryōgoku (Shin Yoshiwara Karitaku Ryogoku no zu)

Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Date: 1784 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Accession: JP735 On view in:Not on view

The Oiran Kasugano of Ōgiya on Parade

Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Date: ca. 1788 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Accession: JP736 On view in:Not on view

The Artist Kitao Masanobu Relaxing at a Party

Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Date: 1790s Medium: Left-hand of a triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper Accession: JP737 On view in:Not on view

The Oiran Hinazuru of Chojiya Standing upon a Pile of Futon

Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Date: ca. 1794 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Accession: JP738 On view in:Not on view

Red Dragonfly (Akatonbo); Locust (Inago), from the Picture Book of Crawling Creatures (Ehon mushi erami)

Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806) Date: 1788 Medium: Page from woodblock-printed book; ink and color on paper Accession: JP1051 On view in:Not on view