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Poem by Somaru, from the series Fashionable Versions of Ink in Five Colors (Fûryû goshiki-zumi)

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MFA impressions of prints in the series: 21.8179 (title page), 21.4441 (Chôsui), 11.19452 (Sôzui), 21.4972 (Shiseki), 21.4440 and 11.22149 (Somaru)


Harunobu ga 春信画


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

Japanese, Edo period, about 1768 (Meiwa 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #80; Waterhouse cat. #325; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #324.5, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 319


Vertical chuban; 28.2 x 20.9 cm (11 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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