Imperial Progress

天皇諸所巡見図

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1)
Artist Nansuitei Yoshiyuki (Japanese, 1835–1879)


Catalogue Raisonné

Konishi, Nishiki-e bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 4 (1977), pp. 20-1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 69.3 cm (13 3/4 x 27 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37330a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The text states that the print is based on an imperial progress of the first month of 1868, but it may actually represent the Meiji emperor’s visit to Osaka in the third month of the year. The figure in the upper center of the right sheet is probably the young Meiji emperor.

Inscription

「慶応四年戊辰正月諸処御巡見被遊の処 其道すがらの万民悦て拝せぬはなし。。。此画麁略すれば神ばつヲこふむるト云」

Signed

Yoshiume monjin Yoshiyuki (on right sheet), Rokkaen Yoshiyuki (on center and left sheets)
芳梅門人芳雪 六花園芳雪

Markings

No publisher's mark
版元: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: 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