At Izu no Ôshima, Chinzei Hachirô Tametomo Shoots an Enemy Ship with an Arrow

鎮西八郎為朝伊豆の大島にて討手の兵船を射る

Japanese
Edo period
about 1843–44 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Blockcutter Sugawa Renkichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #43; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #s T113 and T140, and pl. 47

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37 x 75.7 cm (14 9/16 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39565a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.16535-7 (Tsujiya edition, with simplified title), 11.39565a-c, 11.41068a-c

Robinson considers the edition with the shorter title to be slightly earlier, but comparison of the MFA impressions suggest that the edition with the long descriptive title is the earliest.
Unidentified publisher’s mark.

Signed

Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga (on left and right sheets), Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on center sheet)
朝櫻楼国芳画 一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Hama
Blockcutter's mark: Sugawa Renkichi horikô (on right sheet)
改印:浜
彫師:須川廉吉彫工

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