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Nihonbashi in Musashi Province: Mitsui Group Building (Mitsui gumi hausu), from the series Calligraphy and Pictures for the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô (Shoga gojûsan eki)

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No. 1 in the series.


Yoshitora ga 芳虎画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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, Meiji era, 1872 (Meiji 5), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Utagawa-ha (Kobijutsu special issue, 1986), #332


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Medium or Technique

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