Shimada Station: The Ôi River (Shimada no eki Ôigawa), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 島田の駅大井川」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Enshûya Matabei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-24; Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #148; Bickford, Sumo and the Woodblock Print Masters (1994), pl. 51; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.24

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45385.24

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 24, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.Sumô wrestler Koyanagi being carried across the Ôi River.

MFA impressions: 11.22413, 11.39665, 11.45385.24

Inscription

大井川
 大井川にて 河霧や
 百万石を 浪の上
   湘夕

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga
応需豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:村
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: 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