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Fujikawa: Fujikawa Mizuemon, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 38, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.25032, 11.28620, 11.42969, 11.45385.38

Inscription

藤川水右衛門は私のしゅいをもって同家中磯貝兵太夫をやみ討になし 長光の刀をうはひ立ち退き行方をかくす 然るに兵太夫伜兵助 父の仇を討んと所々をたづぬる内眼病を煩ひ ある時水右衛門に出合しに眼病ゆえやみやみとかへりうちになる その弟終に水右衛門を尋出し本望を達す 藤川と云名の因に依てここに出す

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

Marks

Censor's seal: Mura No blockcutter's mark

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.39

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45385.38

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints