Red Sea bream, from the Great Fish Series: Madai (Pagrus major)

This print from Hiroshige’s famous “large fish” series published by Eijudo portrays a single red sea bream that nearly fills the page.

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (1797-1858) Shizugaki Namiyasu
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1832
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 25.5 x 36.9 cm (10 1/16 x 14 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of John Fuegi and Jo Francis
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Print

Woodblock print

Edo period (1615 - 1868), fish, Japan, ukiyo-e

To ?
Unidentified French collection [1]

To 1997
Dr. John Fuegi [2]

From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dr. John Fuegi [3]


[1] Ann Yonemura’s notes from December 1997 states: “…this print has a stamp in French on the back suggesting that it has been in a French collection previously.” See Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record.

[2] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. John Fuegi


This print from Hiroshige's famous "large fish" series published by Eijudo portrays a single red sea bream that nearly fills the page.


1. (Ann Yonemura, 10 December 1997) The artist's signature, "Ryusai Hiroshige ga" at the lower right is followed by the publisher's seal, Eijudo. Poems by Shizugaki Namiyasu and Toshigaki Maharu.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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