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Yoshiwara: Waterbirds at the Battle of Fuji River (Fujikawa mizutori), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 15, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.25040, 11.45385.15

Inscription

冨士川水鳥  左兵衛佐殿 むほんのよしありて 平家の大軍冨士川まで押しよせ来りける所に ある夜冨士沼にあまたなる水鳥の何かは驚き一度にぱっと立ける羽音 雷(いかづち)大風の様に聞へければ 平家の兵(つわもの)ども源氏の大軍向ひ来りと心得 皆々周章(あはて)噪(さわぎ)て尾州河洲俣へと落行けり

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

Marks

Artist's seal: paulownia (kiri) Censor's seal: Mura

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 #S44.15

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45385.15

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints