Drawings (hanshita-e) for a three-volume picturebook


Edo period
about 1823–33
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)

Catalogue Raisonné

British Mus., Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave (2017), #168; Thompson, Hokusai's Lost Manga (2016); MFA, Hokusai (2013), #141; Calza, Hokusai (Italian edition, 1999; English edition, 2003), cat. no. III.70.1-3, photos p. 193 (1999 ed.), p. 179 (2003 ed.)


Overall: 13.8 x 20.4 cm (5 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings




No artist signature


Probably by 1903, part of the library of the department of the Art of Asia, Museum of Fine Arts [see note]; 1966, registered in MFA ledgers; 1998, accessioned by the MFA. (Accession Date: July 31, 1998)

NOTE: This may have been deposited at the MFA by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston. Much of Bigelow’s collection of Asian art, books, and works on paper 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 between about 1890 and 1903.

Credit Line

Source unidentified