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Man Washing Potatoes, from an untitled series of blue (aizuri) prints

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Saki no Hokusai hitsu 前北斎筆


Artist's seal: Nanajûni ô (Old Man in His 72nd Year) Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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 1831 (Tenpô 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

TNM, Hokusai (2005), #347; Chiba Mus., Ukiyo-e bi no kiwami (Baur coll. exh. cat., 2001), #122; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 227, vertical chûban #23.2; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #3750


Vertical chûban; 23.5 x 16.7 cm (9 1/4 x 6 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (aizuri-e); color on paper