Watching Fireworks on the River
about 1815 (Bunka 2)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
Iwata, "Edo Ryôgoku...," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 154 (2007), pp. 26-7, and inside cover
Vertical ôban pentaptych; 38.4 x 25.8 cm (15 1/8 x 10 3/16 in.)
11.13537, 11.13745, 11.13800-13802
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Pentaptych: 11.13800 (L), 11.13801 (CL), 11.13802 (C), 11.13745 (CR), 11.13537 (R)
Iwata identifies the bridge as Azuma Bridge rather than Ryôgoku Bridge.
Toyokuni ga (on each sheet except center right)
No censor's seal
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