Woodblock printing was widely adopted in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868).  Most of the prints within our permanent collection fall within this time period.  The majority of them are excellent examples of “Ukiyo-e” images, roughly translated as “pictures of the floating world,” referring to scenes of leisure, entertainment, and everyday life in Japan. 
 
While some have been gifted to the museum by generous donors, the bulk of this collection comes from the Mahonri M. Young Estate, partially purchased and partially gifted to the University in 1959. They were likely originally collected by the American Impressionist Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), who often used them as a resource for study and inspiration for his own art. Mahonri Young married Weir’s daughter Dorothy, and eventually these prints became part of the Young estate.
Anonymous-Asia "Embellishment of Edo"
Embellishment of EdoAnonymous-Asia, Embellishment of Edo, no date, woodcut, 8 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Cherry Blossoms at Night at Nakanocho in the Yoshiwara, From Famous Places of the Eastern Capital"
Cherry-Blossoms at Night at Nakanocho in the Yoshiwara, from Famous Places of the Eastern CapitalAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Cherry-Blossoms at Night at Nakanocho in the Yoshiwara, from Famous Places of the Eastern Capital, c.1835, woodblock print, 8 3/4 x 3 5/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Ishiyakushi, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Hoeido Edition)"
Ishiyakushi, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Hoeido Edition)Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Ishiyakushi, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Hoeido Edition), no date, woodblock print, 8 13/16 x 13 11/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Stanford C. Stoddard, 2001.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Hiratsuka: Ferry on the Banyu River, From Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Gyosho Edition)"
Hiratsuka: Ferry on the Banyu River, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Gyosho Edition)Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Hiratsuka: Ferry on The Banyu River, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Gyosho Edition), 1841-1844, woodcut, 7 15/16 x 12 9/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Hara, From Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Gyosho Edition)"
Hara from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Gyosho Edition)Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Hara from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Gyosho Edition), 1841-1844, woodcut, 7 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Moon at Takanawa, From Three Views of Famous Places"
Moon at Takanawa, from Three Views of Famous Places in EdoAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Moon at Takanawa, from Three Views of Famous Places in Edo, c.1840, woodcut, 9 3/8 x 14 5/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "The Aoyagi Restaurant in Ryogoku, From Famous Restaurants of Edo"
The Aoyagi Restaurant in Ryogoku, from Famous Restaurants of EdoAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), The Aoyagi Restaurant in Ryogoku, from Famous Restaurants of Edo, c.1840, woodcut, 9 x 14 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Ryogoku Bridge, From Famous Places in Edo"
Ryogoku Bridge, from Famous Places in EdoAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Ryogoku Bridge, from Famous Places in Edo, c.1835, woodblock print, 9 11/16 x 14 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Numazu, From Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Hoeido Edition)"
Numazu, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Hoeido Edition)Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Numazu, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Hoeido Edition), 1831-1834, woodcut, 9 x 13 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Katsushika Hokusai "Under the Wave Off Kanagawa, From Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji"
Under the Wave off Kanagawa, from Thirty-Six Views of Mount FujiKatsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Under the Wave off Kanagawa, from Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, c.1830-32, woodcut, 10 x 15 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Katsushika Hokusai "Watermill at Onden, From Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji"
Watermill at Onden, from Thirty-Six Views of Mount FujiKatsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Watermill at Onden, from Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, c.1830-32, woodcut, 10 x 14 3/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Katsushika Hokusai "Fuki Bridge in Echizen Province, From Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces"
Fuki Bridge in Echizen Province, from Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various ProvincesKatsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Fuki Bridge in Echizen Province, from Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces, 1834, woodcut, 10 x 15 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Katsushika Hokusai "Seven-Mile Beach in Sagami Province, From Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji"
Seven-Mile Beach in Sagami Province, from Thirty-Six Views of Mount FujiKatsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Seven-Mile Beach in Sagami Province, from Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, c.1830-32, woodcut, 11 x 16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Boats in Harbor"
Boats in HarborAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Boats in Harbor, no date, woodblock print, 6 9/16 x 9 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1993.
Utagawa Yoshitora "Ryogokubashi in the Moonlight, From Eight Scenes at Famous Places in the Capital"
Ryogokubashi in the Moonlight, from Eight Scenes at Famous Places in the Eastern CapitalUtagawa Yoshitora (active c.1840-1880), Ryogokubashi in the Moonlight, from Eight Scenes at Famous Places in the Eastern Capital, 1854, woodcut, 8 3/16 x 12 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Numazu, From Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Kyoka Edition)"
Numazu, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Kyota Edition)Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Numazu, from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Kyoka Edition), 1840-1842, woodcut, 6 1/8 x 8 3/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Utagawa Toyokuni "Triptych Battle Scene"
Triptych Battle SceneUtagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), Triptych Battle Scene, no date, woodblock print, 14 5/16 x 9 13/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Kochoro Kunisada "Japanese Triptych"
Japanese TriptychKochoro Kunisada (1848-1920), Japanese Triptych, 1889, woodcut, 14 1/2 x 27 3/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Stanford C. Stoddard, 1995.
Kitagawa Utamaro "Bowl Seller"
The Bowl SellerKitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), The Bowl Seller, no date, woodcut, 12 3/4 x 8 9/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Hasegawa Konobu "Geisha Bookplate"
Geisha BookplateHasegawa Konobu, Geisha Bookplate, no date, woodcut, 3 1/4 x 2 3/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1993.
Kitagawa Utamaro "Ladies Dancing by Candlelight"
Ladies Dancing by CandlelightKitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Ladies Dancing by Candlelight, c.1800, woodcut, 12 13/16 x 8 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Susaki Jumantsubo Plain Near Fukagawa, From One Hundred Famous Views of Edo"
Susaki Jumantsubo Plain Near Fukagawa, from One Hundred Famous Views of EdoAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Susaki Jumantsubo Plain Near Fukagawa, from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1857, woodcut, 12 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Ishiyama Temple and Lake Biwa in Omi Province, From Famous Views of the Sixty-Odd Provinces"
Ishiyama Temple and Lake Biwa in Omi Province, from Famous Views of the Sixty-Odd ProvincesAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Ishiyama Temple and Lake Biwa in Omi Province, from Famous Views of the Sixty-Odd Provinces, c.1853, woodblock print, 13 1/8 x 8 7/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake, From One Hundred Famous Views of Edo"
Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake, from One Hundred Famous Views of EdoAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake, from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, c.1857, woodblock print, 13 7/16 x 8 13/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Figures in Snow"
Figures in SnowAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Figures in Snow, no date, woodblock print, 9 11/16 x 6 5/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1993.
Torii Kiyonaga "Visitors to Enoshima (Center Panel)"
Visitors to Enoshima (Center Panel)Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815), Visitors to Enoshima (Center Panel), c.1789, woodcut, 15 x 10 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1993.
Ando Utagawa Hiroshige "Kinryuzan Temple in Asakusa, From One Hundred Famous Views of Edo"
Kinryuzan Temple in AsakusaAndo Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Kinryuzan Temple in Asakusa, from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1856, woodcut, 14 x 9 1/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Utagawa Toyokuni "Actor Impersonating Geisha"
Actor Impersonating GeishaUtagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), Actor Impersonating Geisha, c.1800, woodblock print, 13 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1957.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi "Nagoya Sanzaburo"
Nagoya SanzaburoUtagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), Nagoya Sanzaburo, no date, woodcut, 14 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1957.
Katsukawa Shunsen "Woman and Smiling Child"
Woman and Smiling ChildKatsukawa Shunsen (1762-c.1830), Woman and Smiling Child, woodcut, 14 x 9 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Katsushika Hokusai "Yoro Waterfall in Mino Province, From Tour of the Waterfalls in Various Provinces"
Yoro Waterfall in Mino Province, from Tour of the Waterfalls in Various ProvincesKatsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Yoro Waterfall in Mino Province, from Tour of the Waterfalls in Various Provinces, c.1833, woodcut, 15 x 10 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Katsukawa Shuncho "Lady and Two Men"
Lady and Two MenKatsukawa Shuncho (active c.1780-1801), Lady and Two Men, no date, woodcut, 11 9/16 x 8 3/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Utagawa Toyokuni "Two Actors"
Two ActorsUtagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), Two Actors, c.1800, woodblock print, 14 3/8 x 9 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1957.
Kitagawa Utamaro "Courtesan Playing Samisen"
Courtesan Playing SamisenKitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Courtesan Playing Samisen, no date, woodcut, 15 x 10 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Kitagawa Utamaro "Five Young Japanese Ladies"
Five Young Japanese LadiesKitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Five Young Japanese Ladies, no date, woodcut, 15 x 10 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Kitagawa Utamaro "Needlework (Left Panel of Triptych)"
Needlework (Left Panel of Triptych)Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Needlework (Left Panel of Triptych), c.1800, woodcut, 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Moromasa Furuyama "Hototogisu"
HototogisuMoromasa Furuyama (c.1712-1772), Hototogisu, c.1720, woodcut, 12 x 8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1993.
Keisai Eisan "Eagle and Sparrow"
Eagle and SparrowKeisai Eisen (1790-1848), Eagle and Sparrow, c.1840, woodcut, 14 x 6 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Hosoda Eishi "Courtesans of the Chojiya"
Courtesans of the ChojiyaHosoda Eishi (1756-1829), Courtesans of the Chojiya, c.1795, woodcut, 14 3/4 x 10 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1993.
Suzuki Harunobu "Courtesan and her Lover Reading a Scroll"
Courtesan and Her Lover Reading a ScrollSuzuki Harunobu (c.1725-1770), Courtesan and Her Lover Reading a Scroll, c.1768, woodcut, 10 1/2 x 8 3/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
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