Chinese Landscape with Poem

「千株松下双峰寺 一葉舟中万里身」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Okada Shuntôsai (Japanese, active about 1830–60)


Catalogue Raisonné

John Clark, Japanese 19th-C. Copperplate Prints (BM Occasional Papers 84, 1994), #B-27

Dimensions

6.8 × 9.4 cm (2 11/16 × 3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45846.15

Medium or Technique

Copperplate etching; ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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.”

Signed

(seals only)

Markings

Artist's seals: Shun, Tô

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: January 19, 2005)

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