Yokkaichi: Mirage at Nako Bay (Nako-no-ura shinkirô); Actor Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Saigyô in the Scene Portrait of Norikiyo (Norikiyo utsushi-e), from the series The Fifty-three Stations [of the Tôkaidô Road] by Two Brushes (Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi)

「双筆五十三次 四日市 那古浦 蜃気楼」 目録:「範清 写画」五代目沢村長十郎の西行

Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Kyûshirô

Catalogue Raisonné

Peternolli & Guidi, Kunisada (Bologna, 2017), #76; Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T79-44; Watanabe, Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi (2011), #44; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 252, ôban #34.44


Vertical ôban; 34.7 x 23.9 cm (13 11/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



No. 44 in the series.

Landscapes by Hiroshige, figures by Kunisada I (Toyokuni III). The subtitles of the landscapes, if present, appear on the individual prints; the subtitles referring to the figures are found only on the title page for the series, 11.36763.3 .
Album of all 55 prints in the series, plus cover slip, title page, and hand-written preface and colophon: 11.36763.1-59

A scene from the Kabuki play Gunpô Fujimi Saigyô.


Hiroshige hitsu (above); Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (below)


Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 8
No blockcutter's mark


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