Woman Reading Jôruri Libretto, from the series Comparison of Beauties for the Year of the Goat (Tsuchinoto-hitsuji bijin awase no uchi)
1799 (Kansei 11)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
Kobayashi Fumiko, "Poetry Groups," in Carpenter, ed., Hokusai and His Age (2005), p. 164, fig. 4; Forrer/Goncourt, Hokusai (1988), p. 62, fig. 61
Kokonotsugiri; 13.9 x 15.4 cm (5 1/2 x 6 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Series title on first sheet only.
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