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Elegance at Four in the Afternoon (Hiru nanatsu no toki no fûzei), from the series The Sundial of Summer in the Floating World (Ukiyo natsu no hidokei)

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MFA impressions: 06.599, 11.14428


Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆


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, about 1806 (Bunka 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #221.2


Vertical ôban; 38.9 x 26.5 cm (15 5/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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