Image: 60 1/4 × 34 3/4 in. (153 × 88.2 cm)
Overall with mounting: 79 15/16 × 41 3/4 in. (203 × 106 cm)
Overall with knobs: 79 15/16 × 46 3/4 in. (203 × 118.8 cm)
Charles Stewart Smith Collection, Gift of Mrs. Charles Stewart Smith, Charles Stewart Smith Jr., and Howard Caswell Smith, in memory of Charles Stewart Smith, 1914
Not on view
This pair of peacocks with peonies represents wealth and worldly power. The heroic posture of the peacock suggests it may have been an official commission from an influential samurai patron. Bunchō learned various Chinese painting styles when in the service of Matsudaira Sadanobu (1758–1829). Bunchō borrowed the pictorial vocabulary of birds and flowers from such painters as Sō Shiseki (1712–1786), who had studied the Chinese treatment of these subjects in Nagasaki.
Inscription: Bunsei kōshin shoka Bunchō (painted by Bunchō in the early summer of the third year of Bunsei)