The City Flourishing, Tanabata Festival (Shichû han'ei Tanabata Matsuri), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1857 (Ansei 4), 7th month
Sakai, Hiroshige Edo fûkei (1996), list #12.8, pls. 216-217; Smith & Poster, 100 Views (1986), #73; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 250, vertical ôban #62.47; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #43
Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 073 (fall section) on the title page for the series.
MFA impressions: 11.16881, 11.36876.49, 21.10433
Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 7
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection