Poem by Ono no Komachi: Sonobe Saemon, from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

「小倉擬百人一首 小野小町 園部左衛門」

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig and Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compared (2007), #9; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S46.9

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 × 24.5 cm (14 5/16 × 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21825

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 9 from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.21825, 11.28611, 11.28613, 11.39593

Inscription

Poem: Hana no iro wa/ utsurinikeri na/ itazura ni/ waga mi yo ni furu/ nagame seshi ma ni
花の色は うつりにけりな いたずらに 我身よにふる ながめせしまに

園部薄雪が事跡 きハめて定かならず 或曰 足利の代の人なりと(か) 地主の花見に薄雪姫 左エ門を垣間見て 恋衣ふかくも染 一期に盛衰ありし事ハ うすゆき物語に見えたり
 柳下亭種員筆記

Signed

Hiroshige ga
広重画

Markings

Censor's seal: Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠
彫師:なし

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