Courtesan Reading a Letter by Moonlight Reflected on Snow; Parody of Son Kang

見立孫康 (雪明かりで文を読む女)

Japanese
Edo period
1765 (Meiwa 2)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #040; Chiba 2002, #49 (this impression); Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #178.3, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 80

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 28.3 x 29 cm (11 1/8 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19439

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Third state, with designer’s seal and calendar information removed.

MFA impressions: 11.19438 (first state), 11.19439 (third state)

Signed

Unsigned
無款

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