• Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection – on view at Japan Society, New York, March 12 – June 13, 2010.

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  • Wu Yong, the Clever Star (Chitasei Goyô), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

    「通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個 智多星呉用」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1827–30 (Bunsei 10–Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.2243, 64.844

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #3; Machida City Mus., Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten (2003), #I-154; Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), #9; Suzuki 1992, #81; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2.11

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.844

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Zhang Shun, the White Streak in the Waves (Rôrihakuchô Chôjun), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

    「通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個 浪裡白跳張順人」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1827–30 (Bunsei 10–Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.16450, 64.834

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #2; Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #105; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #7; Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), #56; Suzuki 1992, #82; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2.49

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.834

    Medium or Technique

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

    Out on Loan

    On display at Kobe City Museum, Japan, June 18, 2016 – August 28, 2016

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  • Ruan Xiaowu, the Short-lived Second Son (Tanmeijirô Genshôgo), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

    「通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個 短冥次郎阮小吾」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1827–30 (Bunsei 10–Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #1; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #9; Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), #52; Suzuki 1992, #85; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2.70

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.800

    Medium or Technique

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

    Out on Loan

    On display at Kobe City Museum, Japan, June 18, 2016 – August 28, 2016

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  • Kashiwade no Hanoshi, from the series Eight Hundred Heroes of the Japanese Shuihuzhuan (Honchô Suikoden gôyû happyakunin no hitori)

    「本朝水滸伝剛勇八百人一個 膳臣巳提使」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
    Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese), Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #4; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #12; Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten/The Samurai World in Ukiyo-e (2003), #II-72; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S4a.8

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.813

    Medium or Technique

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

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    On display at Kobe City Museum, Japan, June 18, 2016 – August 28, 2016

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  • Hayakawa Ayunosuke, from the series Eight Hundred Heroes of the Japanese Shuihuzhuan (Honchô Suikoden gôyû happyakunin no hitori)

    「本朝水滸伝剛勇八百人一個 早川鮎之助」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.16460 (Ibaya edition), 64.848 (Kagaya edition)

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #6; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #14; Machida City Mus., Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten (2003), #I-162; Klompmaker, Of Brigands & Bravery (1998), fig. 28; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S4a.2

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.848

    Medium or Technique

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

    Out on Loan

    On display at Kobe City Museum, Japan, June 18, 2016 – August 28, 2016

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  • Sakata Kaidômaru

    「坂田怪童丸」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1162, 11.16464, 11.38109

    Reprint of a design originally published in about 1836-7 by Kagaya Kichibei. For the first edition, see Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #18.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Watari (backwards) No blockcutter's mark 改印:渡 彫師:なし

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Chiba City Mus., Ukiyo-e ni egakareta kodomotachi (2014), #257; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #23; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #19; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S1d.1, photo p. 100

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 26 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.38109

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Fight on the Roof of the Hôryûkaku, from The Tale of Eight Dogs (Hakkenden no uchi Hôryûkaku)

    「八犬伝之内芳流閣」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1836–37 (Tenpô 7–8)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Triptych: 17.3209.63 (right), 17.3209.64 (center), 17.3209.65 (left)

    MFA impressions: 11.39555a-c, 17.3209.63-5

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on center and left sheets only) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame (on left sheet only) 改印:極

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Iwakiri 2011, #50; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #20; Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #94-95; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #128; Suzuki 1992, #99; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T41, pl. 43

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 76.3 cm (14 1/2 x 30 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.3209.63-5

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • In the Ruined Palace at Sôma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies; Ôya no Tarô Mitsukuni Comes Here to Investigate the Monsters and Finally Destroys Them (Sôma no furudairi ni Masakado himegimi Takiyasha yôjutsu o motte mikata o at

    「相馬の古内裏に将門の姫君滝夜叉妖術を以って味方を集むる大宅太郎光国妖怪を試さんと爰(ここ)に来り竟(つい)に是を亡ぼす」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1844 (Kôka 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Hachi(1) (Japanese)

    Description

    Triptych: 11.30468 (left), 11.30469 (center), 11.30470 (right)

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Watari No blockcutter's mark 改印:渡 彫師:なし

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark 2009, #25; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #53; Suzuki 1992, #70; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T138, and pl. 52; Addiss, Japanese Ghosts and Demons (1985, 2005), pp. 36-37; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 43

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 x 74.1 cm (14 1/4 x 29 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30468-70

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Former Emperor [Sutoku] from Sanuki Sends His Retainers to Rescue Tametomo (Sanuki no in kenzoku o shite Tametomo o sukuu zu)

    「讃岐の院眷属をして為朝をすくう図」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1851–52 (Kaei 4–5)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    Triptych: 11.26999 (left), 11.27000 (center), 11.27001 (right)

    MFA impressions: 06.762-4, 11.26999-7001

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe No blockcutter's mark 改印:米良、渡辺 彫師:なし

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark 2009, #29; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #131; Shibuya Shôtô Mus., Musha-e (2003), #135; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #89; Suzuki 1992, #69; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T263, and fig. 16; Robinson (1961), pl. 58

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 76 cm (14 3/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.26999-7001

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • At the Bottom of the Sea in Daimotsu Bay (Daimotsu no ura kaitei no zu)

    「大物之浦海底之図」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1851–52 (Kaei 4–5)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Triptych: 11.30560 (left), 11.30561 (center), 11.30562 (right)

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe No blockcutter's mark Artist's seal: kiri 改印:米良、渡辺 彫師:なし

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #22; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #30; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #86; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #77; Suzuki 1992, #74; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), #T266

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73.9 cm (14 3/16 x 29 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30560-2

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Ghosts of the Taira Attack Yoshitsune in Daimotsu Bay

    大物の浦平家の亡霊

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1849–52 (Kaei 2–5)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.30566a-c, 1992.568a-c

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu No blockcutter's mark 改印:福、村松 彫師:なし

    Provenance

    1992, bequest of John Newland Barron (1917-92, Rhode Island) to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: December 16, 1992)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John Newland Barron

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #31; Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #1-2-33; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #86; Suzuki 1992, #71; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T242

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 70.8 cm (14 x 27 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1992.568a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Brilliant General (Meishô), Takeda Harunobu Nyûdô Shingen, from the series One Hundred Brave Generals at the Battle of Kawanakajima [in Shinano Province] ([Shinshû] Kawanakajima hyaku yûshô sen no uchi)

    「信州川中島百勇将戦之内 明将 武田晴信入道信玄」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1845 (Kôka 2)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.38067, 11.38159

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Fu No blockcutter's mark 改印:普 彫師:なし

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #35; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #37; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S34.1

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.5 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.38067

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Morozumi Bungo no kami Masakiyo, from the series Courageous Generals of Kai and Echigo Provinces: The Twenty-four Generals of the Takeda Clan (Kôetsu yûshô den, Takeda ke nijûyon shô)

    「甲越勇将傳 武田家二十四将 諸角豊後守昌清」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1848–49 (Kaei 1–2)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 23 in the series.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Mera, Murata No blockcutter's mark 改印:米良、村田 彫師:なし

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #38; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S63.9

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38 x 25.8 cm (14 15/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.38040

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Ôboshi Yuranosuke Yoshio, from the series Portraits of the Faithful Samurai of True Loyalty (Seichû gishi shôzô)

    「誠忠義士肖像 大星由良之助良雄」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)

    Description

    Signed

    Kuniyoshi ga 国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印:衣笠、村田、子十二 彫師:横川彫竹

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #136; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #46; Suzuki 1992, #162; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S78.1; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 69

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.1 x 25.3 cm (14 5/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.26074

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Nakamura Kansuke Masatatsu, from the series Portraits of the Faithful Samurai of True Loyalty (Seichû gishi shôzô)

    「誠忠義士肖像 中村勘助正辰」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)

    Description

    Signed

    Kuniyoshi ga 国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印:衣笠、村田、子十二 彫師:横川彫竹

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #138; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #47; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #98; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S78.6

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.3 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.26072

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Lantern Representing the Bell of Miidera, from the series Women in Benkei-checked Fabrics (Shimazoroi onna Benkei)

    「縞揃女弁慶(しまぞろひおんあべんけい)」 提灯の三井の鐘

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1844 (Tenpô 15/Kôka 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Kyûbei (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem by Umeya 梅屋 うつしえは外にたくひもあら法師 団扇に三井の鐘のかゞみ座

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Hama No blockcutter's mark 改印:浜 彫師:なし

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #60; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #133; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #2993

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.7 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36355

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Writing a Label for Chrysanthemums, from the series Women in Benkei-checked Fabrics (Shimazoroi onna Benkei)

    「縞揃女弁慶(しまぞろひおんあべんけい)」 菊の制札

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1844 (Tenpô 15/Kôka 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Kyûbei (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    柳下亭 種員 鉢植の花はをらねと制札の 掟ににたるゆひのふか爪

    Signed

    Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Hama Blockcutter's mark: Hori Renkichi 改印:浜 彫師:ほり廉吉

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #61

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24.7 cm (13 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36354

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Kane-jo, from the series Lives of Remarkable People Renowned for Loyalty and Virtue (Chûkô meiyo kijin den)

    「忠孝名誉奇人伝 兼女」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1845 (Kôka 2)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Ichibei (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Kinugasa No blockcutter's mark 改印:衣笠 彫師:なし

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #62; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S35.5

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.5 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.26084

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Teppôzu, from the series Famous Places in the Eastern Capital (Tôto meisho)

    「東都名所 てっぽず」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1833 (Tenpô 4)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.16005, 21.6828

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Iwakiri 2011, #265; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #84; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #125; Suzuki 1992, #18; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #264

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 26 x 37.6 cm (10 1/4 x 14 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.16005

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Six Stations: Maisaka, Arai, Shirasuka, Futakawa, Yoshida, and Goyu, from the series Famous Views of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan eki rokushuku meisho)

    「東海道五拾三駅六宿名所」 舞阪、荒井、白須賀、二川、吉田、御油

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830–35 (Tenpô 1–6)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Sheet 8 of 12.

    MFA impressions: 11.22956, 11.30209, 11.30212, 1989.675

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi shukuzu (sketched by Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi; in right margin, cut off of this impression) (一勇斎国芳縮図)

    Markings

    Censor's seal: (kiwame; in right margin, cut off of this impression) No blockcutter's mark 改印:(極) 彫師:なし

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #86; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #213

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24.5 x 35.6 cm (9 5/8 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30209

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Nichiren in the Snow at Tsukahara on Sado Island (Sashû Tsukahara setchû), from the series Sketches of the Life of the Great Priest (Kôsô goichidai ryakuzu)

    「高僧御一代略図 佐洲塚原雪中」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830–35 (Tenpô 1–6)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.1946, 21.8174, 21.8175

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi hitsu 一勇斎国芳筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    July 1914, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #87; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #23; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #208; Suzuki 1992, #183

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24.5 x 38.3 cm (9 5/8 x 15 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8174

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Mount Fuji on a Clear Day from the Sea off Tsukuda (Tsukuda oki kaisei no Fuji), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji Seen from the Eastern Capital (Tôto Fujimi sanjûrokkei)

    「東都富士見三十六景 佃沖晴天の不二」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1843 (Tenpô 14)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Murataya Jirobei (Eiyûdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #90; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #127; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #222; Suzuki 1992, #29; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 57; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 41

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24 x 35.6 cm (9 7/16 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.24949

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Ariwara no Narihira no ason, from the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    「百人一首之内 庄原業平朝臣」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 17 in the series.

    Signed

    Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #92; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.17

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.7 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.17395

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Ôe no Chisato, from the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    「百人一首之内 大江千里」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 23 in the series.

    MFA impressions: 06.1777, 11.16029, 11.36559

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #93; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.23

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.9 cm (14 3/4 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.16029

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Ônakatomi no Yoshinobu Ason, from the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    「百人一首之内 大中臣能宣朝臣」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 49 in the series.

    MFA impressions: 06.1778, 11.16020, 11.28646, 11.36555

    Inscription

    Poem: Mikaki mori/ eji no taku hi no/ yo wa moete/ hiru wa kietsutsu/ mono o koso omoe

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #94; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.49

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 25 cm (14 15/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.28646

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Sutoku-in, from the series of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    「百人一首之内 崇徳院」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 77 in the series.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #95; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #29; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.77; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 29

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.7 x 25.1 cm (14 13/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30455

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Jakuren Hôshi, from the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    「百人一首之内 寂蓮法師」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 87 in the series.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #96; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #30; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.87

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 26.7 cm (15 3/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.16039

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Min Ziqian (Bin Shiken), from the series The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety in China (Morokoshi nijûshi kô)

    「唐土廿四孝 閔子騫」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    No. 2 in the series.

    MFA impressions: 06.1144, 11.30097

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark Artist's seal: kiri

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Iwakiri 2011, #119; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #103.4; Suzuki 1992, #200; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S60.5; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 39

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 24.2 x 16.5 cm (9 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30097

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Zeng Shen (So Shin), from the series The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety in China (Morokoshi nijûshi kô)

    「唐土廿四孝 曾参(そしん)」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    No. 3 in the series.

    Signed

    Unsigned 無款

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #103.5; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S60.6

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 24 x 16.5 cm (9 7/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30100

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII

    七代目団十郎

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1830s
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #105 (poems different); Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #140 (poems different)

    Dimensions

    Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.19917

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

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  • Actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kezori Kuemon

    「毛剃九右衛門 市川海老蔵」 (五代目)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1840 (Tenpô 11), 8th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Fujiokaya Hikotarô (Shôgendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Play (second feature): Koi no Minato Hakata no Hitofushi
    Play (main feature): Gion Sairei Shinkôki
    Theater: Nakamura

    Inscription

    Poem by Umeya

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #108; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #161; Suzuki 1992, #304

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 26.1 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.21902

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Ghost of Asakura Tôgo

    「朝倉当吾亡霊」 四代市川小団次

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    Diptych: 11.30460 (left), 11.38270 (right)

    Play: Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi
    Theater: Nakamura

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri No blockcutter's mark 改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売 彫師:なし

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #26; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #113; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #95; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #177; Suzuki 1992, #314; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 76

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 26 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30460

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Memorial Portrait of Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII

    「俳優八代目市川団十郎」 (死絵)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 8th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    Triptych: 11.21486 (left), 11.21487 (center), 11.21488 (right)

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on right sheet only) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Seal: fukyo baibai ("Not for Sale") 印:不許売買

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #56; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #118; Suzuki 1992, #320

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 37.8 x 76.7 cm (14 7/8 x 30 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.21486-8

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Susaki: (Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as) Yazama Jûtarô, from the series Thirty-six Fashionable Restaurants of the Eastern Capital (Tôto ryûkô sanjûroku kaiseki)

    「東都流行三十六会席 洲崎 矢間重太郎」 八代目市川団十郎

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshitori-jo (Japanese, active about 1848–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.28847, 11.36622

    Play: Chûkô Kanagaki Kôshaku
    Theater: Kawarazaki

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main image); Yoshitori ga (background) 一勇斎国芳画、よしとり画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12 No blockcutter's mark 改印:衣笠、村田、子十二 彫師:なし

    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: August 3, 1911) 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #115

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24.6 cm (14 x 9 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.28847

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (Minamoto Yorimitsu [Raikô] kô no yakata ni tsuchigumo yôkai o nasu zu)

    「源頼光公館土蜘作妖怪図」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1843 (Tenpô 14)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.22128 (left sheet only), 11.22712 (right sheet only), 11.30462-4, 11.39572a-c

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on right and left sheets) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark 改印:なし 彫師:なし

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Iwakiri 2011, #53; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #124; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), pp. 120-1, fig. 22; Suzuki 1992, #441; Takeuchi, in Ars Orientalis 17 (1987); Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T128

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 73.1 cm (14 1/8 x 28 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.39572a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Plum Blossoms at Night (Yoru no ume)

    「夜の梅」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.36665a-c (complete triptych), 11.39578 (right sheet only)

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Muramatsu Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印:村松 彫師:彫竹

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #68; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 13 (1991), Köln pl. 67

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 x 72.4 cm (14 1/4 x 28 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36665a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

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