Yurugi Motohata, from the series Heroes for the Twenty-eight Lunar Lodges, with Poems (Eimei nijûhasshuku)

「英名二十八衆句 由留木素玄」

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Sanoya Tomigorô (Kinseidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Shimizu Ryûzô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24 cm (14 1/4 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37652

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series title has also been translated Twenty-eight Famous Murders Accompanied by Verse. Half of the designs are by Yoshitoshi, half by Yoshiiku.

Signed

Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu
一魁斎芳年筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Ryûzô tô
改印:卯正改
彫師:柳三刀

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