Chinese Landscape with Poem
Artist Okada Shuntôsai (Japanese, active about 1830–60)
John Clark, Japanese 19th-C. Copperplate Prints (BM Occasional Papers 84, 1994), #B-27
6.8 × 9.4 cm (2 11/16 × 3 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Copperplate etching; ink on paper
Not On View
From an album containing 19 prints, 11.45846.1-.19.
The poem, by Zhao Gu (9th c., exact dates unknown) is in the anthology Wakan Rôeishû, no. 578. The couplet quoted here reads: “Under the thousand-branched pine trees, a temple spreads over two peaks. I feel like a traveller in a single boat, sailing for ten thousand miles.” (Senchû no matsu no moto no sôhô no tera, ichiyô no fune no naka ni banri no mi)
Inscribed “No. 156.”
Artist's seals: Shun, Tô
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection