MFA impressions: 11.22770a-c, 11.22771a-c According to Konishi, the subject refers to the cholera epidemic of 1858. To avoid the disease, it was considered safer to eat vegetables rather than fish.
Hirokage ga (on each sheet) 広景画
Censor's seal: Goat 10 aratame 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: August 3, 1911) NOTES:  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
Japanese, Edo period, 1859 (Ansei 6), 10th month
- Artist Utagawa Hirokage, Japanese, active 1855–1865
- Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô), Japanese
Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 1 (1977), pp. 76-7
Vertical ôban triptych
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper