Wanting to Decide Right Away (Hayaku kimetai)/ Octopus from Takasago in Harima Province (Banshû Takasago tako), from the series Auspicious Desires on Land and Sea (Sankai medetai zue)
「山海めでたいづえ はやくきめたい 播州高砂蛸 十九」
Waseda db 005-0920; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #85; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #152; the series: Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), list #117
Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 25 cm (14 1/4 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 19 in the series.
MFA impressions: 11.26005, 11.28677, *11.28679 (deaccessioned in 2012)
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main design); Tori-jo ga (inset)
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 8
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
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