a- Sora iro (pale blue) -couple with man pointing. b- Hana iro (midnight blue) -couple reading card. Illustration from unknown book.
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)
20.4 x 28 cm (8 1/16 x 11 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper; woodblock print (key block); ink on paper
Not On View
Joint image: 50.22 (top), 11.21683 (bottom).
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