At Izu no Ôshima, Chinzei Hachirô Tametomo Shoots an Enemy Warship with an Arrow (Chinzei Hachirô Tametomo Izu no Ôshima ni te utte no hyôsen o iru no zu)


Edo period
about 1843–44 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsujiya Yasubei (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


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.3 x 72.5 cm (13 7/8 x 28 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.16535 (right), 11.16536 (center), 11.16537 (left)

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.


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


Censor's seal: Hama
No blockcutter's mark


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)

[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