Artist: Utagawa Toyohiro (歌川豊広)

Print: Woman smoking, seated man writing and small boy holding tray

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Dates: created,circa 1801
Dimensions: 9.75 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyohiro ga (豊広画)
Publisher: Yamadaya Sanshirō
(Marks 584 - seal 20-018)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - a triptych of a young man practicing calligraphy; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - a triptych of a young man painting a fan;

Physical description:

The young man is holding or reading a poem card in his left hand, which it appears he may have just written. Notice the brush in his right hand and ink stone in a long, narrow box below it. Behind the woman, just beyond the railing, are large, beautiful chrysanthemums.

In ca. 1801 Toyohiro created a couple of triptychs that feature a young man either doing calligraphy or painting a fan. See the links to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston above. Note also that the woman's hairstyle in this print in the Lyon Collection is done up in the same style of some of the women in these compositions.