Ôtsu: Tosa Matabei and His Wife, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 大津 又平妻 土佐又平」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-54B; Marks, "... Hiroshige and Kunisada," Andon 84 (2008), p. 41, fig. 13; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.56

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 23.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.25049

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 54, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.25049, 11.45385.54

Inscription

大津絵の草のはじめは何佛 はせを

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main image); Ôju Hiroshige sha (inset)
一勇斎国芳画、応需広重写

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
Artist's seal: paulownia (kiri)
改印:村
彫師:彫工房次郎

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