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The Spaulding Collection

  • In 1921, the brothers William S. and John T. Spaulding donated their famous collection of over six thousand fine Japanese prints to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, but with an unusual condition. In order to preserve the delicate colors of the woodblock prints, which fade rapidly when exposed to light, they specified that the prints must never be exhibited in the galleries. Now, for the first time, digital imaging makes it possible for us to present this renowned collection to the public in near microscopic detail.

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  • A Young Man Dallying with a Courtesan, from an untitled series of twelve erotic prints

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1680 (Enpô 8)
    Attributed to Hishikawa Moronobu (Japanese, died 1694)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned

    Provenance

    August 1919, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frederick W. Gookin (lot 5); 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

    Chiba City Art Mus., Hishikawa Moronobu ten (2000), cat. nos. 89-90; Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 55; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 6 (1982), #19

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 26 x 36.8 cm (10 1/4 x 14 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5813

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

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  • Actor Tsutsui Kichijûrô in the Spear Dance

    「京下り 筒井吉十郎」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1704 (Hôei 1), 11th month
    Attributed to Torii Kiyonobu I (Japanese, 1664–1729), Publisher Igaya Kan'emon (Bunkidô) (Japanese), Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無款

    Provenance

    June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; 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

    Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 2439; Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 13; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Rietburg pl. 37 (Yamamoto edition; different blocks); Michener, Floating World (1954), #26

    Dimensions

    Vertical ô-ôban; 53.5 x 31.5 cm (21 1/16 x 12 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5644

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (tan-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color

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  • Cranes and Chrysanthemums, from the series Kashinsai (?)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1730
    Artist Nishimura Shigenaga (Japanese, 1697?–1756), Publisher Igaya Kan'emon (Bunkidô) (Japanese)

    Description

    From a series of bird-and-flower designs; the meaning of the series title is unclear.

    Signed

    Yamato gakô Nishimura Shigenaga hitsu 大和画工 西村重長筆

    Provenance

    Formerly the property of S. Bing; June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; 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

    Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 138; Paine, Oriental Art NS, v. IX, no. 1 (1963), fig. 21; Vignier & Inada (1909)

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 31.1 x 15.9 cm (12 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5878

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa

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  • Uesugi Kenshin (R) and Takeda Shingen (L) at the Battle of Kawanakajima

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Torii Kiyomasu I (Japanese, active about 1696–1716), Publisher Igaya Kan'emon (Bunkidô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Eshi Torii Kiyomasu hitsu (on each design) 絵師鳥居清倍筆

    Provenance

    June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from L. E. Charnley; 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

    Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten/The Samurai World in Ukiyo-e (2003), p. 120, fig. 15

    Dimensions

    Uncut hosoban diptych; 33.9 x 32.3 cm (13 3/8 x 12 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7169

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color, nikawa, and metallic powder

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  • Actor Ichikawa Ebizô as Bunshin Yanone Gorô

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1754 (Hôreki 4), 1st month
    Artist Torii Kiyoshige (Japanese, active 1720–1760), Publisher Sakaiya Kurobei

    Description

    Signed

    Torii Kiyoshige ga 鳥居清重画

    Provenance

    Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; 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

    Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 1326; Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 160

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 31.6 x 14.5 cm (12 7/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5669

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actors Segawa Kikunojô II as Iwahashi-hime and Ôtani Hiroji III as Yoshitani

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1767 (Meiwa 4)
    Artist Torii Kiyomitsu I (Japanese, 1735–1785), Publisher Urokogataya Magobei (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Torii Kiyomitsu ga 鳥居清満画

    Provenance

    March 1918, 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

    Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 1121

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 31 x 14 cm (12 3/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8141

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Young Man Playing a Hand-drum

    小鼓を打つ男

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Suzuki Harunobu ga 鈴木春信画

    Provenance

    Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#233); 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

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #387; Ukiyo-e shuka 4 (1979), list #484, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 321

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 28.7 x 21.2 cm (11 5/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4406

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Parody of the Three Vinegar Tasters

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1766 (Meiwa 3)
    Artist Komatsuken (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.13439, 21.8183

    Signed

    Unsigned 無款

    Provenance

    September 1921, acquired 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

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #620; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 603; Waterhouse, Harunobu and his Age (1964), #18

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 27.7 x 21 cm (10 7/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8183

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actors, from right: Nakamura Rikô I as Agemaki, Nakamura Nakazô I as Hige no Ikyû, and Ichikawa Danjurô V as Sukeroku

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1782 (Tenmei 2), 1st month or 5th month
    Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)

    Object Place

    Description

    Triptych (three sheets of pentaptych): 21.7149 (left), 21.7150 (center), 21.7151 (right)

    MFA impressions: 11.18847 (CR), 21.7149-51 (CR, C, CL), 21.4056 (CL), 21.4057 (R), 34.376 (CL)

    Play: Sukeroku Kuruwa no Natorigusa
    Theater: Nakamura
    The actors performed in these roles in the first month and again in the fifth month.

    Signed

    Shunshô ga (on each sheet) 春章画

    Provenance

    Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; 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

    Edo-Tokyo Museum, Dai Ukiyo-e ten (2014), #89 (complete); Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #493 (photo of C only, description of pentaptych); Ukiyo-e taikei 3 (1976), #s 33-7 (complete)

    Dimensions

    Hosoban triptych; 31.3 x 43.1 cm (12 5/16 x 16 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7149-51

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Woman in Bathrobe and Mother Playing with Baby, from the series Current Manners in Eastern Brocade (Fûzoku Azuma no nishiki)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
    Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)

    Description

    Signed

    Kiyonaga ga 清長画

    Provenance

    September 1911, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from the E. F. Fenollosa collection; 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

    Hirano 1939, #0584; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #8.13, and pl. 33

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38.9 x 25.5 cm (15 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5601

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • A Pilgrimage to Enoshima

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1789 (Tenmei 9/Kansei 1)
    Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Object Place

    Description

    Triptych: 21.7344 (left), 21.7345 (center), 21.7346 (right)

    MFA impressions: 06.2532 (center sheet only), 11.13987-9, 21.7344-6, 34.391a-c

    Signed

    Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet) 清長画

    Provenance

    March 1915, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hirano 1939, #0888; Asia Soc./JASA, Designed for Pleasure (2008), p. 127, fig. 126; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #57, and pls. 8-10; Ukiyo-e shûka 5 (1980), pls. 184-6

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 39.1 x 78.2 cm (15 3/8 x 30 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7344-6

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Couple with a Standing Screen

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1797 (Kansei 9)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 18.308, 21.6610

    Signed

    Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆

    Provenance

    February 1920, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from the collection of Charles B. Eddy; 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

    Asano and Clark 1995, #267; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #460.1, and pl. 148; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 97.2.1; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #107

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38 x 25.1 cm (14 15/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6610

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • On Top of and beneath Ryôgoku Bridge

    両国橋上下 (下)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1795–96 (Kansei 7–8)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Ômiya Gonkurô (Japanese)

    Description

    Triptych (lower half of two-tier hexaptych): 21.7404 (left), 21.7405 (center), 21.7406 (right)

    MFA impressions: 11.14484-6, 21.7404-6
    Two sheets of the upper half: 21.7437-8

    Signed

    Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet) 歌麿筆

    Provenance

    July 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; 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

    Asano and Clark 1995, #254; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #299.4-6 (complete bottom tier); Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 19.2.1-3; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #319

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 76 cm (14 5/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7404-6

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Three Beauties of the Present Day (Tôji san bijin): Tomimoto Toyohina, Naniwaya Kita, Takashima Hisa

    「当時三美人 富本豊ひな 難波屋きた 高しまひさ」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1793 (Kansei 5)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Asano and Clark 1995, #105; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), p. 253, list #24.1.1, and pl. 39; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 86.1.3; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #93 (without text)

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37 x 25 cm (14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6382

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sunrise on New Year's Morning

    四季の美人 初日の出

    Japanese
    Edo period
    late 1790s (mid Kansei era)
    Artist Eishôsai Chôki (Japanese, active about 1780–1810), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Chôki ga 長喜画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    Formerly in the Kobayashi collection; February 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

    Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 7 (1980), #382; Ukiyo-e taikei 6 (1975), #128; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2153

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38.6 x 25.5 cm (15 3/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4780

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actor Segawa Tomisaburô II as Yadorigi, Wife of Ôgishi Kurando

    二代目瀬川富三郎の大岸蔵人妻やどり木

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1794 (Kansei 6), 5th month
    Artist Tôshûsai Sharaku (Japanese, active 1794–1795), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.14682, 21.5826

    Play: Hana Ayame Bunroku Soga
    Theater: Miyako

    Signed

    Tôshûsai Sharaku ga 東洲斎写楽画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    September 1912, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; 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

    Dai Sharaku ten (1995), #002; Ukiyo-e shûka 11 (1979), list #002

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.5 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5826

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actor Nakajima Kanzô as the Packhorse Driver Negoto no Chôzô

    中島勘蔵の馬子寝言の長蔵

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1794 (Kansei 6), 8th month
    Artist Tôshûsai Sharaku (Japanese, active 1794–1795), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.19277, 21.5834

    Play: Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (Ghosts at the Yaguchi Ford)
    Theater: Kiri

    Signed

    Tôshûsai Sharaku ga 東洲斎写楽画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Charles Jacquin; January 20, 1921, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding at January 17-22, 1921 sale of Mr. Charles Jacquin's collection at the Walpole Galleries, New York, lot #33; 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

    Dai Sharaku ten (1995), reference #F; Ukiyo-e shûka 11 (1979), list #061

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 31.7 x 13.9 cm (12 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5834

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actor Nakamura Noshio II as Sakuramaru

    二代目中村野塩の桜丸

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1796 (Kansei 8), 7th month
    Artist Utagawa Kunimasa (Japanese, 1773–1810), Publisher Uemura Yohei (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.22743, 21.7008

    Play: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami
    Theater: Miyako

    Signed

    Kunimasa ga 国政画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Charles Jacquin; January 21, 1921, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding at January 17-22, 1921 sale of Mr. Charles Jacquin's collection at the Walpole Galleries, New York, lot #362; 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

    Ukiyo-e shûka 9 (1981), list #1.019

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38 x 25.5 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7008

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Ejiri in Suruga Province (Sunshû Ejiri), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei)

    「富嶽三十六景 駿州江尻」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830–31 (Tenpô 1–2)
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17662, 21.6769, 21.6770

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu 前北斎為一筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame Collector's seal: Gotô 改印:極

    Provenance

    August 1919, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frederick W. Gookin; 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

    Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 229, horizontal ôban #18.35

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24.7 x 36.3 cm (9 3/4 x 14 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6770

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province (Shimotsuke Kurokamiyama Kirifuri no taki), from the series A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces (Shokoku taki meguri)

    「諸国滝廻り 下野黒髪山きりふりの滝」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832 (Tenpô 3)
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.19718, 21.6685

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu 前北斎為一筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印:極

    Provenance

    Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; 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

    Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 230, ôban #20.3

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 26 cm (14 1/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6685

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Mansion of the Plates (Sara yashiki), from the series One Hundred Ghost Stories (Hyaku monogatari)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1831–32 (Tenpô 2–3)
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.20441, 21.10236

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai hitsu 前北斎筆

    Provenance

    March 1916, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; 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

    TNM, Hokusai (2005), #386; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 227, vertical chûban #25.5

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 23.7 x 17.6 cm (9 5/16 x 6 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.10236

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Chrysanthemums and Horsefly, from an untitled series known as Large Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1833–34 (Tenpô 4–5)
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17590, 21.6681

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu 前北斎為一筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    April 1916, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Kirby; 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

    TNM, Hokusai (2005), #362; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 229, horizontal ôban #23.06

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    21.6681

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Kanbara: Night Snow (Kanbara, yoru no yuki), second state, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi), also known as the First Tôkaidô or Great Tôkaidô

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1833–34 (Tenpô 4–5)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeidô) (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 16 in the series, second state (sky dark at horizon, no lines in knees of figure at right).
    MFA impressions:
    First state: 11.26110, 11.38911, 21.5031
    Second state: 06.1183, 11.17295, 11.25156, 11.30429, 21.5032, 42.566, 2009.2411.16

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Provenance

    1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane; 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

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 245, horizontal ôban #55.16

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24.6 x 37.5 cm (9 11/16 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5032

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • No. 12, Shinmachi, from the series The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road (Kisokaidô rokujûkyû tsugi no uchi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1835–38 (Tenpô 6–9)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1688, 11.23116, 11.39280, 21.5158, 21.5159, 21.5160, 21.5161

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Provenance

    May 1915, 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

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 246, horizontal oban #33.12

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 22.3 x 34.9 cm (8 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5158

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival (Asakusa tanbo Torinomachi môde), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)

    「名所江戸百景 浅草田甫(あさくさたんぼ)酉の町詣(とりのまちもうで)」

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1857 (Ansei 4), 11th month
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 101 (winter section) on the title page for the series.

    MFA impressions: 11.36876.65, 11.45668, 18.26, 21.9503

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 11 No blockcutter's mark 改印:改、巳十一 彫師:なし

    Provenance

    November 1912, 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

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #1; Sakai, Hiroshige Edo fûkei (1996), list #12.7, pls. 133, 134; Smith & Poster, 100 Views (1986), #101; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 250, vertical ôban #62.7

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9503

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Morning Glories and Cricket, from the series A Compendium of Flowers of the Four Seasons (Shiki no hana zukushi)

    「四季の花尽」 朝顔

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Asago no/ akarenu sono hi/ sono hi ka na 朝顔の あかれぬその日 その日かな

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

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

    Provenance

    February 1916, 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

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 230, fan prints #40.1

    Dimensions

    Uchiwa-e on horizontal aiban sheet; 22.7 x 29 cm (8 15/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.10125

    Medium or Technique

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

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