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Illustration of the Opening Ceremony of the Union Horse Racing Club's Racetrack around Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park (Ueno Shinobazu kyôdô keiba kaisha kaigyôshiki no zu)

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Triptych: 11.18168 (left), 11.18169 (center), 11.18170 (right) MFA impressions: 11.18168-70, 2000.491a-c


Yôshû Chikanobu hitsu 楊洲周延筆


Artist's seal: toshidama


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, Meiji era, 1884 (Meiji 17), October 24

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Catalogue Raisonné

Virgin et al., Japan at the Dawn of the Modern Age (MFA, 2001), #5, photo p. 44; Sharf, Imaging Meiji (1997), #5, photo p. 15


Vertical oban triptych; 36.9 x 74.3 cm (14 1/2 x 29 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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