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The Tale of Genji: A Rack of Cloud (Genji Usugumo), no. 19 from the series Genji in Fifty-Four Sheets (Genji gojûyonmai no uchi)

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Inscription

Poem: Irihi sasu/ Mine ni tanabiku/ Usugumo no [sic; should be wa]/ Mono omou sode ni/ Iro ya magaeru (Cranston #2234) 入日さす 峰にたなびく うす雲の ものおもふ袖に いろやまがへる

Signed

Yamata gakô Nishimura Shigenaga hitsu

Marks

Artist's seal: Shigenaga

Provenance

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 1735 (Kyôhô 20)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #40 (described but not illustrated)

Dimensions

Horizontal hosoban; 16 x 34.1 cm (6 5/16 x 13 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19128

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied and stenciled color and metallic powder

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints