Pleasure Boats on the Sumida River under Shin-Ôhashi Bridge


Edo period
about 1792 (Kansei 4)
Artist Chôbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese), Publisher Shûeidô (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Golden Age (2010); Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eishi list, #95.1-5?, and 6 (AIC 3, 1978), pls. 72-6; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 219, list no. 124; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #s 2198-202; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #550


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 38.5 x 126 cm (15 3/16 x 49 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.14118, 11.21179-21182

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Pentaptych: 11.14118VR (11.14118, left; 11.21179, left center; 11.21180, right; 11.21181, right center; 11.21182, center)

Pentaptych co-published by Izumiya Ichibei and Shûeidô. Shûeidô publisher’s mark on far left sheet only; Izumiya Ichibei publisher’s mark on far right sheet only.

MFA impressions: 11.14118VR (complete pentaptych: 11.14118 + 11.21179-82), 11.14117 (center left sheet only), 11.14025 (center right sheet only), 21.7596-600 (complete pentaptych)


Eishi 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: 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