White Heron and Iris

花菖蒲に白鷺

Japanese
Edo period
1830s
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Mus., Ukiyo-e bi no kiwami (Baur coll. exh. cat., 2001), #197; Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #s 7-8; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #s 79, 257; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #7.4

Dimensions

Ôtanzaku; 37.3 x 16.3 cm (14 11/16 x 6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

47.130

Medium or Technique

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

Out on Loan

On display at Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy, February 28, 2018 – July 29, 2018

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 06.1159, 21.6826, 21.7908, 21.7909, 47.130

The Chinese poem reads:
White herons fly low across the fields, like a thousand flakes of snow;
Yellow birds perch on the tree, like flowers clustered on a branch.

Inscription

Chinese poem
白鷺下田千點雪 黄鴬上樹一枝花

Signed

Hiroshige hitsu
広重筆

Provenance

1947, gift of Lucy Truman Aldrich (b. 1869 - d. 1955), Providence, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich