Kagerô: Akitsushima, from the series Genji Clouds Matched with Ukiyo-e Pictures (Genji kumo ukiyo-e awase)

「源氏雲浮世画合(げんじくもうきよゑあハせ) 蜻蛉 秋津嶋」

Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Ichibei (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), p. 84, fig. 8 (first edition, altered block, second edition); Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S45.52


Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25 cm (14 1/2 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



No. 52 in the series.

MFA impressions: 11.28652, 11.36545 (both first edition)
In the second edition, the generic features are replaced by the face of an actor.


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga



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)

[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