Effective Medicines for Treating the Epidemic (Hayari yamai kusuri no chikamichi)

「流行病妙薬奇験 (はやりやまひくすりのちかみち)」

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tamaya Sôsuke


Catalogue Raisonné

Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #546; Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 1 (1977), pp. 78-9 (a slightly different version)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.7 x 5106 cm (14 13/16 x 2010 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.22037-8

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.22037 (left), 11.22038 (right)

Refers to the cholera epidemic.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 9
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:午九
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