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Woman smoking, seated man writing and small boy holding tray

Identifier: 1790c Toyohiro Tea

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.

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