Nine pages from the book Hyakubyô gafu (Pictures of One Hundred Cats)
1878 (Meiji 11)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1842–1894)
The book is digitized in full on the National Diet Library website.
Overall: 44.8 x 30.3 cm (17 2/3 x 11 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
From a book with text by Kanagaki Robun (1829-94) 仮名垣魯文
Hiroshige (on 2 sheets)
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)
 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