Ôson gafu (The Ôson Picture Album)

[Hôitsu shônin gafu] Banshô soku ga shi (Hôitsu Picture Album: All Phenomena in the Universe as My Master)

Edo period
1817 (Bunka 14)
Artist Sakai Hôitsu (Japanese, 1761–1828), Author of preface Kamo Suetaka (Japanese), Blockcutter Asakura Hachiemon (Japanese), Publisher Izumiya Shôjirô (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Saunders, Le Japon Artistique (MFA, 2010), selected images from this impression, pp. 39-45; Toda, Ryerson Library cat. (1931), p. 362


Overall: 27.8 x 18.8 cm (10 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books


Between about 1897 and 1907, probably acquired in Japan by Charles J. Morse (b. 1852 - d. 1911), Evanston, IL; by descent to his son, Jared Kirtland Morse (b. 1886 - d. 1949) and his wife, Caroline Roberts Morse (b. 1907 - d. 1982), Cromwell, CT; gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 31, 1998)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse in memory of Charles J. Morse