Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
The Hour of the Dog, Fifth Hour of the Night (Inu no koku - 戌ノ刻, Yoru itsutsu - 夜五ツ) from the series Yoshiwara Clock (Yoshiwara-tokei - 吉原時計)
1820 – 1825
9.8 in x 14 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Enomotoya Kichibei (Marks 054 - seal 01-053)
the top of the seal is barely showing at the bottom
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - dated ca. 1818-20
Google maps - Yoshiwara Shrine - one of the only signs of where this famous district was
Lyon Collection - another print from this series 8-10 pm in the evening, a beauty in front of the pipe-smoking table.
There are three different copies of this print in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Only one is listed above.
Perhaps the lion decoration on the woman's robe is a reference to the Dog Hour. The lion was known as the Dog of Buddha - at least in China.
There are twelve prints in this set. The Lyon Collection owns one other print from this series: #753.
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
Enomotoya Kichibei (榎本屋吉兵衛) (publisher)