White Heron and Iris
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)
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), #79; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #7.4
Ôtanzaku; 37.5 x 17.3 cm (14 3/4 x 6 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 06.1159, 21.6826, 21.7908, 21.7909, 47.130
The 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.
Between 1906 and 1909, acquired by Mr. and Mrs. John Osgood (Elizabeth Cameron) Blanchard in Japan; April 1916, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding at Blanchard sale, American Art Galleries, New York; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection