The Nineteen Retainers of Yoshitsune (Yoshitsune no jûku shin)


Edo period
about 1836 (Tenpô 7)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T32


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.3 x 76.6 cm (15 1/16 x 30 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.28757 (right), 11.28758 (center), 11.28759 (left)

MFA impressions:
First edition, published about 1836: 11.28757-9
Second edition, published 1855: *11.38131a-b (R and C sheets only; deaccessioned in 2012), 11.38242a-c (complete triptych)


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on right sheet), Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga (on center and left sheets)
一勇斎国芳画 朝櫻楼国芳画


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)

[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