Attack by Flooding (Mizuseme bôsen no zu) (on right sheet), Attack by Flooding at Akamatsu (Akamatsu mizuseme no zu) (on left sheet)

「水攻防戦之図(みづせめばうせんのづ)」(右)  「赤松水攻之図(あかまつみづせめのづ)」(左)

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mus., Ukiyo-e sengoku emaki (2011), #123 (complete); Machida City Mus. of Graphic Arts, Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten (2003), #II-37 (right half) and p. 128, fig. 22 (left half); Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), pp. 178-9, fig. 44 (right half)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban hexaptych

Accession Number

11.41260a-b, 11.41364a-c, 11.41263

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Hexaptych: 11.41260a-b (two left sheets), 11.41263 (right sheet), 11.41364a-c (three center sheets)

A thinly disguised illustration of Hideyoshi’s attack on Takamatasu castle.

Signed

Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga (on each sheet)

一猛斎芳虎画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu (on right half); Mera, Murata (on left half)
No blockcutter's mark

改印(右):福、村松
改印(左):米良、村田
彫師:なし

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