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A Flower of the Ôgiya (Ôgiya uchi Hana) [=Hanaôgi], from the series Array of Supreme Beauties of the Present Day (Tôji zensei bijin-zoroe)

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From the second edition of the series, with the series title changed and Hanaôgi's name altered, presumably in response to her attempted elopement in 1794. MFA impressions: 11.14257, 21.6611


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1794 (Kansei 6)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #148 (first edition illustrated, this edition described); Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #229.9.2, and pl. 47; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 145.3.1; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #86


Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24 cm (14 1/4 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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