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(Denshin kaishu) Hokusai manga shohen (Hokusai Sketchbooks, vol. 1)

(伝神開手) 北斎漫画 初編

Edo period
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Author of preface Hanshû Sanjin (Japanese), Publisher Eirakuya Tôshirô (Tôhekidô) (Japanese)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock printed book; limited color

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; By 1926, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 31, 1998)

[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