Nine pages from the book Hyakubyô gafu (Pictures of One Hundred Cats)

百猫画譜

Japanese
Meiji era
1878 (Meiji 11)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1842–1894)


Catalogue Raisonné

The book is digitized in full on the National Diet Library website.

Dimensions

Overall: 44.8 x 30.3 cm (17 2/3 x 11 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26354

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a book with text by Kanagaki Robun (1829-94) 仮名垣魯文

Signed

Hiroshige (on 2 sheets)
広重

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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