First Calligraphy Class of the New Year at a Fashionable School (Fûryû terako kissho hajime keiko no zu)


Edo period
1804 (Kyôwa 4/Bunka 1)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba City Mus., Ukiyo-e ni egakareta kodomotachi (2014), #72; Kumon Kodomo Kenkyûjo, Ukiyo-e no kodomotachi/Children Depicted in Ukiyoe (1995), #41 (left sheet only); Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 8 (1981), #132


Vertical ôban triptych; 39.1 x 77.8 cm (15 3/8 x 30 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.13830 (right), 11.13831 (center), 11.13832 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.13830-2 (complete triptych), *11.23035 (right sheet only, deaccessioned in 2012)

The date and title are written in the banners overhead, and the publisher’s name appears on various objects in the picture: a black box in the right sheet, a table leg in the center sheet, a notebook in the left sheet.


Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)


Censor's seal: kiwame (on right and center sheets)


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)

[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