Eight Views of Kanazawa, from an untitled series of Western-style landscapes

金沢八景

Japanese
Edo period
about 1804–10 (early Bunka era)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Hokusai (2013), #114; TNM, Hokusai (2005), #116 (this impression); Lane 1989, list #52, pl. 80 (this impression)

Dimensions

Horizontal kokonotsugiri; 13.5 x 19.0 cm (5 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.16841

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

「見事さは姥石よりも美女石の ちらし書なる金沢八景 冨賀草三千成」
「青々と春の草色唐めきて 染附にせし瀬戸の明神 室小路春胤」
「八景をひとめにみねのまつ風も かようにうつせ宿の蓬莱 初瀬花峯」

Signed

Hokusai utsusu (written horizontally)
ほくさゐうつす

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