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When the Great General Was on the Way to Kyoto from Kyushu ... (Meishô Kyûshû yori jôraku no toki Buzen no kuni dairi no ... nanpû ni deai sentô Yojibei o ... Yojibei-nada to iu)

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A story from the life of Hideyoshi, here called the Great General. The sailor Yojibei was killed because he had deliberately run the ship onto the rocks in an attempt to assassinate Hideyoshi, who had killed his brother.


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


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima No blockcutter's mark


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, 1849–52 (Kaei 2–5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten/The Samurai World in Ukiyo-e (2003), #II-74; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T251


Vertical ôban triptych; overall: 36 x 75.1 cm (14 3/16 x 29 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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