Akashi, from the series Fashionable Genji (Fûryû Genji)


Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)

Catalogue Raisonné

Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), #31; Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G550-07, pl. 232; Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #157; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 248, ôban triptych #94.1


Vertical ôban triptych; 34.6 x 74.9 cm (13 5/8 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.26794, 11.26795, 11.29805

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.26794 (center), 11.26795 (left), 11.29805 (right)


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right sheet); Hiroshige hitsu (on left sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠) 広重筆


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Ox 4
Blockcutter's marks: Yokokawa Hori Take (on right sheet), Hori Take (on center and left sheets)
Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai
彫師:横川彫竹 彫竹


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)

[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