The Fifteenth Shogun, Lord Tokugawa Yoshinobu (Jûgodai, Tokugawa Yoshinobu kô), from the series Chronological Record of the Rule of the Tokugawas (Tokugawa jiseki nenkan kiji)

「徳川治跡年間紀事 十五代 徳川慶喜公」

Meiji era
about 1874 (Meiji 7)
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Yorozuya Magobei (Japanese), Blockcutter Asai Ginjirô (Hori Gin) (Japanese, 1844–1894)

Catalogue Raisonné

Konishi, Nishiki-e bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 4 (1977), pp. 14-5; Tanba, Nishiki-e ni miru Meiji tennô to Meiji jidai (1966), #13


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.1 x 73.1 cm (14 5/8 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Yoshinobu, the 15th Tokugawa shogun, escaping to his ship, Kan’yômaru, after the battle of Toba-Fushimi.


Taiso Yoshitoshi ga (on left sheet only)


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