Courtesan Reading a Letter by Moonlight Reflected on Snow; Parody of Son Kang
1765 (Meiwa 2)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
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
Vertical chûban; 28.3 x 29 cm (11 1/8 x 11 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Third state, with designer’s seal and calendar information removed.
MFA impressions: 11.19438 (first state), 11.19439 (third state)
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection