Poem by Kentoku-kô: Yaoya Oshichi, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 謙徳公 八百屋お七」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–48 (Kôka 2–Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #45; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.45

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.1 x 25 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26393

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 45 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.26393, 11.39589

Inscription

Poem: Aware to mo/ iubeki hito wa/ omohohede/ mi no itazura ni/ narinubeki ka na
あはれとも いふべき人は おもほへで 身のいたづらに なりぬべきかな

伊達に仕立し恋衣 模様に染る緋桜ハ 盛りの花をちらしたる五人娘の筆がしら 其席書の 松竹梅ハ 今も湯嶋の社頭にありとぞ
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Hiroshige ga
広重画

Markings

Censor's seal: Watari
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:渡
彫師:彫竹

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