Preparing to Go Out, from the series Humorous Poems of the Willow (Haifû yanagidaru)
about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)
Hirano 1939, #0723; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #236.2, and pl. 134
Vertical chûban; 26.7 x 19.5 cm (10 1/2 x 7 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.19418, 21.5496
The series title refers to a collection of humorous poems issued annually from 1765 on by Karai Senryû (1719-1790) and his followers.
Poem: Koshi obi o/ shimeru to koshi wa/ ikite kuru
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection