Hagi, from the series Beauties of the Floating World Compared to Flowers (Ukiyo bijin yosebana)

「浮世美人寄花 娘風 萩」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1770 (Meiwa 7)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #482; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #262.7, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 525

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 27.3 x 21.1 cm (10 3/4 x 8 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30141

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.19492, 11.30141

Inscription

1. Haikai poem on stele: Nurete yuku/ hito wa okashi ya/ [ame no hagi]
2. Tanka poem above: Itodo mata/ orite zo masaru/ aki hagi no/ hana no nishiki no/ tsuyu no tatenuki

Signed

Suzuki Harunobu ga

鈴木春信画

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