Poem by Nakatsukasa: Masachi of the Tsuruya, from an untitled series of courtesans compared to the Thirty-six Poetic Immortals (Sanjûrokkasen)

見立三十六歌仙ヵ 「鶴屋内 真砂地 中勢」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1805 (Bunka 2)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Sumimaruya Jinsuke (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

The series (?): Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #509 (this design not listed)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.8 x 25.6 cm (14 7/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14234

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem: Akikaze no/ fuku ni tsurete mo/ towanu ka na/ hagi no ha naraba/ oto wa shite maji
「秋風の 吹につれても とわぬかな 萩の葉ならは 音はしてまし」

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, ...
改印:極

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