From a series first designed around 1820 by Toyokuni I for the Gogawa-ren, with their hourglass-shaped symbol decorating the margin. A second version of the series was issued by Toyokuni II in the early 1830s, with different poems and without the club symbol.
Toyokuni hitsu 豊国筆
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, about 1820 (Bunsei 3)
- Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I, Japanese, 1769–1825
Gifu Prefectural Museum, Nanadaime Danjûrô to Kunisada, Kuniyoshi (2001), #1-7 (2nd state); Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), #77 (2nd state); Bowie et al, Art of Surimono (1979), #64 (2nd state)
Shikishiban; 20 x 17.6 cm (7 7/8 x 6 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper