Visiting Shingoken's Cottage

寝語軒を訪う寄々羅金鶏

Japanese
Edo period
about 1788–89 (Tenmei 8–Kansei 1)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #039; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #8, and pls. 21-2; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 4.2.1-2

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38.8 x 51.8 cm (15 1/4 x 20 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.14404, 11.14431

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.14404 (right), 11.14431 (left)

Inscription

Inscription, by Kikira Kinkei: Niho no ura no inshi Shingo no Birin, toshitsuki wazaogi no saku o konomi, katawara Ebisu-buri no mon ni asoberi, yatsugare angya no koro, Rinshi ga sôan no itarite.

Poem, by Kikira Kinkei: Oto ni kiku/ Ômi Genji no/ kyôka-shi ni/ Kikira nyûdô/kenzan môsan.

Poem, by Shingoken Birin: Yojibei ni/ aranedo ware mo/ tori ga naku/ azuma koishiki/ hana no tomobito.
にほの浦の隠士寝語の美燐 とし月俳優の作を好ミ かたわら夷曲の間にあそへり やつがれ行脚の頃 隣子か艸庵にいたりて 奇々羅金鶏

音にきく 近江源氏の 狂歌師に きゝら入道 見参申さん

与次兵衛に あらねと我も 鳥がなく あつま恋しき 花の友人 寝語軒美燐

Signed

Utamaro ga (on each sheet)
歌麿画

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