Acts VII and VIII (Shichidanme, hachidanme), from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chûshingura)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1790s–early 1800s
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Another print in the series: Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 4, Victoria and Albert Museum I (1989), pl. 116

Dimensions

Vertical aiban; 33.1 x 22 cm (13 1/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.24985

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The complete series of 6 sheets:
11.24985 Acts VII, VIII
11.24986 Act XI
11.24987 Acts V, VI
11.24988 Acts IX, X
11.24989 Acts I, II
11.24990 Acts III, IV

Signed

Toyokuni ga

豊国画

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