The Fearlessness of Major General Tachimi (Tachimi shôshô gôtan no zu)


Meiji era
1895 (Meiji 28)
Artist Mizuno Toshikata (Japanese, 1866–1908), Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 273


Vertical ôban triptych; 37 × 74.6 cm (14 9/16 × 29 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The title inscription continues: Advancing, he takes a stronghold by storm. Retreating, he takes care of his soldiers. Brave general of the Sakunei branch. Be it a village with bright blossoms or be it a hazy moonlit night, he sleeps peacefully under a pine tree, taking his own life lightly. (Susumite kenjô o nuki shirizokite hei o busu. Sakunei shitai shôgun no ei. Seisei-taru hanazato oboro no tsuki. Shizuka ni shoka ni nemurite isshin o karon zu.)

MFA impressions: 11.39163a-c, 2000.437a-c, RES.23.297-9


Ôju Toshikata e


Artist's seal: Toshikata
画家の印章: 年方


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)

[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