Act I, from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chûshingura), in Toba-e style

「忠臣蔵」(鳥羽絵) 大序

Japanese
Edo period
about 1835 (Tenpô 6)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 233, horizontal yotsugiri #29 (says 12 prints in set, but we have 13); Tanba 1965, #488

Dimensions

Horizontal yotsugiri (quarter ôban); 11.3 x 17.1 cm (4 7/16 x 6 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44311

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Hiroshige kyôga

広重狂画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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: January 19, 2005)

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