The series title refers to a collection of humorous poems issued annually from 1765 on by Karai Senryû (1719-1790) and his followers.
Popem: Utsutsu ni mo/ uchiwa no ugoku/ hae-girai うつつにも団扇のうごく蠅きらひ
Kiyonaga ga 清長画
Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極
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 1790 (Kansei 2)
Hirano 1939, #0899; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #251.1
Vertical chûban; 25.6 x 19.5 cm (10 1/16 x 7 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper