Memorial Portrait of Ichiryusai Hiroshige (1797–1858)
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)
or Utagawa Toyokuni II (Japanese, 1777–1835)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in. (36.2 x 24.4 cm)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Not on view
Signature: Toyokuni; above: Omoi kiya rakurui nagara (While thinking of him we shed tears); below: (seal) Kiem Ikku (a Buddhist phrase meaning "Life is a mere puff of smoke")
Inscription: Farewell poem by Temmei Rojin: Azuma ji ni fude wo nokoshite tabi no sora; Nishi no mikuni no meisho wo mimu. (I have let fall my brush at Azuma (the eastern provinces) and depart to enjoy the wondrous sceneries of the West (Buddhist heaven)
Translation of inscription: Ryusai Hiroshige is a distinguished pupil of Toyohiro who was a pupil of Toyoharu, the founder of the Utagawa school at present Hiroshige, Toyokuni (Kunisada) and Kuniyoshi are considered the three greatest masters of the Ukiyoe; no other equal them. Hiroshige was especially noted for landscape. In the third year of Ansei (1856) he began to work on the "Hundred Views of Edo" which vividly presents the scenery of Edo. At about this time he also published monthly an illustrated book entitled "Sonnets on Edo Scenes", where his skill was fully displayed for the admiration of his readers. It is most regerettable, however, that he departed from this world on the 6th day of the 9th month of this year (1858) at the ripe age of sixty-two. He left behind a farewell sonnet.
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).