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Celebration in Honor of the Eighty-five-year-old Man Who Was the First to Cross the New Ryôgoku Bridge in the Eastern Capital (Tôto Ryôgoku-bashi hachijûgosai no okina watarisome iwai-en no zu)

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MFA impressions: 11.28739, 11.36371


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane (in gourd shape)


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) 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month


Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 26.7 cm (14 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.)

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