Bun'ya no Yasuhide, from an untitled series of Six Poetic Immortals (Rokkasen) formed by the characters for their names

文字絵六歌仙 「文屋康秀」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1810 (Bunka 7)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Hokusai (2013), #27; Calza, Hokusai (2003), III.71.4; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #147; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 3 (1982), #287; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 230, vertical ôban #17.5

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 8.8 x 26.5 cm (3 7/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17501

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.17501, 21.10217

Inscription

Poem (Kokinshû 249, Hyakunin isshu 22): Fuku kara ni/ aki no kusaki no/ shioureba/ mube yamakaze o/ arashi to iuran
吹からに 秋の草木の しほるれハ むへやまかせを あらしともいうらん 図南書

Signed

Katsushika Hokusai ga; Tonan sho
かつしか北斎画、図南書

Markings

No censor's seal
No publisher's mark
改印:なし
版元:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection