Preface (R) and No. 2, Kira Kazusanosuke Minamoto no Yoshihide (L), from the series Pictorial Biographies of the Loyal Retainers (Seichû gishi meimei gaden)

「誠忠義士銘々画伝 序詞」 「吉良上野介源義英」

Japanese
Meiji era
1869 (Meiji 2), 2nd month
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Text by Kanagaki Robun (Japanese)


Dimensions

Two vertical chûban prints on uncut horizontal ôban sheet; 25.3 x 37.1 cm (9 15/16 x 14 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21193

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Yoshitoshi ga
芳年画

Markings

Censor's seal: Snake 2 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:巳二改
彫師: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: 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