The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers and the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô: The Ôi River Crossing (Chûshingura gojûsan eki no uchi Ôikawa zu)

「忠臣蔵五十三駅之内大井川図」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 × 76.5 cm (14 1/8 × 30 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.41149a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1329a-c, 11.41149a-c

Play: Tôkaidô Iroha Nikki
Theater: Ichimura
東駅いろは日記(とうかいどういろはにっき)
 市村

Signed

Yoshiiku ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right and center sheets), Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga, in toshidama cartouche (on left sheet)
芳幾画(年玉枠) 一蕙斎芳幾画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 7 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Horikô Koizumi Kane (on right sheet), Hori ... Kane (on center sheet), Hori Kane (on left sheet)
改印:酉七改
彫師:彫工小泉兼 彫兼

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