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:  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 1800 (Kansei 12)
Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #414.3; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 101.1.3; UTZ 371, UT VIII 204, UT UK SHU 31; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 347-9 (this design not illustrated)
Vertical ôban; 39 x 26 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper