Shôfû koryû hokkyô Rakumon heikafu (Album of Flower Arrangements in the Style of Rakumon)


Edo period
last postface: 1798 (Kansei 10); first preface: 1767 (Meiwa 4)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Artist Kansai Tomomichi (Japanese), Author Utsumi Gyokuen (Japanese, active third quarter of 19th century), Publisher Jurakubo (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Hokusai (2013), #129


Overall: 22.7 x 16 cm (8 15/16 x 6 5/16 in.); hanshibon

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock printed book; ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books


Artist signatures include: Kansai sha (p. 9a); Kanchi ga (p. 12a); Hokusai Kanchi ga (p. 29a); Kan Sôri ga (p. 32a); Osekijô Tomomichi sha (p. 41a); Hokusai Sôri ga (p. 43b); Hokusai ga (p. 52b)
完斎写 (丁9a); 完知画 (丁12a); 北斎完知画 (丁29a); 完 宗理画 (丁32a); 於席上知道写 (丁41a) 北斎宗理画 (丁43b); 北斎画 (丁52b) 等あり


Artist seals include: Kanchi (p. 12a); Hokusai, Sôri (p. 20a)
印: 完知 (丁12a);北斎, 宗理 (丁30a) 等あり


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; By 1926, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 31, 1998)

[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