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The First Crossing of the Ryôgoku Bridge on the 23rd Day of the 11th Month, 1855 (Ansei kinoto u jûichigatsu nijûsannichi Ryôgoku-bashi watarihajime no zu)

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Triptych: 11.16080 (right), 11.16081 (center), 11.16082 (left)


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1855 (Ansei 2), 11th month

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Vertical ôban triptych overall; 36.8 x 74.4 cm (14 1/2 x 29 5/16 in.)

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