Celebration in Honor of the Eighty-five-year-old Man Who Was the First to Cross the New Ryôgoku Bridge in the Eastern Capital (Tôto Ryôgoku-bashi hachijûgosai no okina watarisome iwai-en no zu)

「東都両国橋 八十五歳之翁 渡初祝宴図」

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 26.7 cm (14 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.36731

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.28739, 11.36731

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane (in gourd shape)

改印:改、卯十二
彫師:彫兼

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