Driving Out Misfortune (Yaku harai): These Are Busy! These Aren't! (Isogashii nee, hima da nee)
「いそがしいねへ ひまだねへ」 「厄はらい」
1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Nosaki Kyûsaku (Japanese, active 1855)
Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 1 (1977), p. 75
Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.4 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Refers to the cholera epidemic, with lists of occupations that are overworked or underworked because of the epidemic.
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection