Monochrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
10 3/8 x 14 in. (26.4 x 35.6 cm)
The Francis Lathrop Collection, Purchase, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Not on view
A man and a woman sit on the veranda of a teahouse smoking long pipes. Their intimate exchange draws the attention of an errand boy who turns his head on his way past with a load of books. The depiction of amorous couples is a popular theme in ukiyo-e prints. The inclusion of this youthful observer introduces a note of curiosity mixed with envy, while indicating that the scene is taking place in public.
Francis Lathrop , Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey (until d. 1909). ; Estate of Francis Lathrop , New York (1911; sold to MMA).
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.