Women with cat on an <i>engawa</i> by a goldfish pond

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (artist 01/01/1797 – 04/14/1861)

Women with cat on an engawa by a goldfish pond


30 in x 14 in (Overall dimensions)

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: yoshi kiri [芳桐]
Publisher: Mikawaya (Marks U225 - seal 23-061)
Censor: Mera and Watanabe
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
British Museum - right and left panel only

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston refers to this triptych as "Women on Palace Veranda at Night" or 夜の縁側. They may be the only institution that uses this title. Besides, this composition lacks a title cartouche. Perhaps this is why the British Museum does not even bother to give it a title.


Kuniyoshi is often identified as the artist who portrayed cats in his prints more than anyone else did. This is so here, too. Notice the woman standing on the left is holding a cat.
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
Genji related prints (Genji-e - 源氏絵) (genre)
Mikawaya (三河屋) (publisher)