"Inky water" is a joking reference to the Sumida River.
Ippitsusai Bunchô ga 一筆齊文調画
Artist's seal: Mori uji
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:  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
Japanese, Edo period, about 1768–75 (late Meiwa–early An'ei)
- Artist Ippitsusai Bunchô, Japanese, active about 1765–1792
Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #31; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 49; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Bunchô list, #319.1; Ukiyo-e taisei 5 (1930), #278
Vertical chûban; 26.4 x 19.8 cm (10 3/8 x 7 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper