Couple Walking at Night

夜更け(柳下の男女)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1770–75 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 4)
Artist Naka Kuninobu (Japanese, active about 1764–1789)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #646; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 620; Pins, The Japanese Pillar Print (1982), #258; Ukiyo-e taisei 4 (1930), #186

Dimensions

Hashira-e; 69.3 x 12.3 cm (27 5/16 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21233

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21233 (first state), 21.5705 (first state), 21.5706 (second state, with heads replaced)

Signed

Kuninobu ga

国信画

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