Mother and Son
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
10 3/4 x 7 15/16 in. (27.3 x 20.2 cm)
medium-size print (chu-ban)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1918
Not on view
The relationship of mother and son in daily life is a recurrent Harunobu theme, shown here in a scene of intimacy and tenderness.
This is a rare example of a print bearing the seal of an American collector, Hamilton Easter Field (1873–1922). The seal, placed between the fan and the artist's signature at the lower right, consists of a stylization of his initials. The H at the center is flanked by an E on the left and an F on the right, which form the continuous outline of the stamp.
Field, a collector, artist, and critic from Brooklyn, New York, adopted the Western tradition of stamping a specially designed seal on his Japanese ukiyo-e prints.
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