Music Teacher and Her Pupil, from the series Humorous Poems of the Willow (Haifû yanagidaru)

「誹風柳多留 囲われも二三人程琴の弟子」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0722; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #236.1

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 25.8 x 19 cm (10 3/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.19419

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series title refers to a collection of humorous poems issued annually from 1765 on by Karai Senryû (1719-1790) and his followers.

Inscription

Poem: Kakoware mo/ ni-sannin hodo/ koto no deshi

Signed

Kiyonaga ga

清長画

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