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Enjoying the Cool Air at Nakasu (Sakô suzumi), from the series A Contest of Fashionable Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters (Tôsei yûri bijin awase)

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Diptych: 11.30360 (left), 11.30361 (right)


Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet) 清長画


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, about 1782 (Tenmei 2)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0333; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #3.7, and pls. 94-5; Chiba, Torii Kiyonaga (2007), pl. 070; Hillier, The Japanese Print: A New Approach (1960), pl. 29 (this impression, right sheet)


Vertical ôban diptych; 39.3 x 52 cm (15 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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