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Ôtsu: Tosa Matabei and His Wife, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 54, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.25049, 11.45385.54


大津絵の草のはじめは何佛 はせを


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main image); Ôju Hiroshige sha (inset) 一勇斎国芳画(主絵) 応需広重写(挿入)


Censor's seal: Mura


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) NOTES: [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

Japanese, Edo period, about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, "... Hiroshige and Kunisada," Andon 84 (2008), p. 41, fig. 13; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.56


Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 23.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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