Love Letter Attached to a Plum Branch, from an untitled series of Yoshiwara scenes with poems
Artist Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Horizontal ôban; 26 x 37 cm (10 1/4 x 14 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
Probably from the same series: 11.13348 to 11.13354. 11.13354, the final sheet, has the signature “Yamato eshi Okumura Masanobu zu” and the name of publisher Sudô Gonbei (Yamaguchiya).
(this sheet unsigned)
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)
 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