The Fan Shop Mieidô
「すゑひろ」 「美影堂」 （扇屋美影堂店先）
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
Ukiyo-e taikei 9 (1976), pls. 70-2
Vertical ôban diptych; 38.2 x 51.2 cm (15 1/16 x 20 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.13748 (right), 11.13749 (left)
MFA impressions: 11.13748-9 (two left sheets only), 21.7756-8 (complete)
The real name of the fan shop, Mieidô, is partly visible on the signboard in the shape of a giant fan overhead. As a joke, the name and trademark of the publisher, Eijudô, are substituted for the shop name elsewhere in the picture.
Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: kiwame
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)
 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