No. 52, Ishibe: Signs of Spring (Haru no kage), from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan eki)
「東海道五拾三驛 石部 春の景 五十二」
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869)
Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #15-52 (a slightly different design for this station)
Vertical chûban; 25.6 x 18.4 cm (10 1/16 x 7 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Similar, but not the same as the design for this station in the Kubo collection.
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