First Cuckoo of the Year at Tsukudajima (Tsukudajima hatsu hototogisu), from the series Famous Places in the Eastern Capital (Tôto meisho)

「東都名所 佃島初廓公」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1831–32 (Tenpô 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Kawaguchiya Shôzô (Shôeidô, Eisendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Sakai, Hiroshige Edo fûkei (1996), list #46.8, pls. 447-448; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 244, horizontal ôban #61.08; Matsuki 1939, #3

Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 26.5 x 37.4 cm (10 7/16 x 14 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26197

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.26197, 21.5245

Signed

Ichiyûsai Hiroshige ga

一幽斎広重画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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