Fond of Books (Sôshi kô), from the series Twenty-four Enjoyments of Beauties of the Present Day (Nijûshi kô tôji no hanamono)
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Ryôko (Japanese, active 1860s–early 1870s), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 36 x 25 cm (14 3/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The complete series: 11.43070 to 11.43093.
Ôju Toyokuni rôjin hitsu (on main image); Ryôko (on inset)
Censor's seal: Boar 11 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino
Artists' seals: toshidama (on main image); Ryôko (on inset)
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