User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Courtesan Reading a Letter by Moonlight reflected on Snow; Parody of Sun Kang

Start collecting

First state, with seal of designer Risen and calendar information in the letter. MFA impressions: 11.19348 (first state), 11.19349 (third state)


(seal only)


Designer's seal: Risen


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

Japanese, Edo period, 1765 (Meiwa 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse cat. #039; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #178.1, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 12


Vertical chûban; 26.8 x 20 cm (10 9/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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