Cover slip, from the series The Fifty-three Stations [of the Tôkaidô Road] by Two Brushes (Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi)

「双筆五十三次

Japanese
Edo period
about 1857 (Ansei 4)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Kyûshirô, Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.7 x 23.9 cm (13 11/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36763.1

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Album of all 55 prints in the series, plus cover slip, title page, and hand-written preface and colophon: 11.36763.1-59

Signed

Azumaji no keshiki ... Ichiryûsai Hiroshige no e; Azuma sugata ... Icbhiyôsai Toyokuni no e

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