- Museum number
Object: Chunagon Kanesuke 中納言兼輔
Series: Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki 百人一首姥がゑとき (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets, Explained by the Nurse)
Sketch, block-ready preparatory drawing ('hanshita-e') for unpublished print. Poem by Chunagon Kanesuke. Ferry with passengers on board. With poem. Ink on paper. Inscribed, signed and sealed.
- Production date
Height: 24.80 centimetres
Width: 36.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This 'hanshitae', or final outline copy prepared for cutting the block for printing, is for a print series called 'The Hundred Poems by a Hundred Poets Explained in Pictures by the Nurse', of which twenty-seven were actually printed. One was prepared for printing, while sixty-eight drawings remain unprinted, only four designs of the 100 being unaccounted for. Each design popularises one of the classical thirteenth-century anthology 'Ogura Hyakunin Isshu'. Kanesuke's poem refers to his yearning for his beloved by the Izumi River. The sketch is signed 'Manji, formerly Hokusai'.
Poem 27: Mikanohara / wakite nagaruru / Izumigawa / itsu
miki tote ka / koishikaruramu (Like Izumi river / that wells
up and flows, / dividing the Moor of Urns – / when
did I see her, I wonder, that I should yearn for her so?
Trans. Joshua Mostow.)
Two pole-men steer a passenger ferry along a river
channel. Platforms extending from the gunwales steady
the boat on its course. Towards the stern sits a young
samurai lady with her maids and a servant; towards the
bow sits a young samurai gentleman with his servants.
The two groups appear unaware of each other and
absorbed in separate conversations. Hokusai in this
way presented the everyday circumstances that the
gentleman (like the poet Kanesuke) would later be
unable to recall as he found himself yearning for the
lady. The river setting follows from the Izumi river of
the poem, a metaphor for a welling sense of longing.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017 8 July - 13 Aug, London, BM, G35, Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
2017 6 Oct - 19 Nov, Osaka, Abeno Harukas Art Museum
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Ogura hyakunin isshu
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.1487 (Japanese Painting Number)
Miscellaneous number: Anderson no. 2052 (annotation in Anderson 1886)