Washing the Book (Sôshi arai), from the series Fashionable Seven Komachi (Fûryû Nana Komachi)

「風流七小町 草紙あらひ」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1769–70 (Meiwa 6–7)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #561; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #795.4, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 564

Dimensions

Hashira-e; 69.4 x 13.2 cm (27 5/16 x 5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21227

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem: Makanaku ni/ nani wo tane to te/ ukikusa no/ nami no une-une/ oishigeruran

Signed

Harunobu ga

春信画

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