Handwritten inscription by former owner Kawanabe Kyôsai.
Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆
Formerly in the collection of Kawanabe Kyôsai; 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:  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
Japanese, Edo period, about 1803–04 (Kyôwa 3–Bunka 1)
Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #767; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 243.2.4; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #818; others in the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 433, 434, 435
Vertical ôban; 38 x 26 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper