The First Katsuo of the Season

Artist: Totoya Hokkei 魚屋北渓 (1780-1850)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th-mid 19th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 108.2 × 54.9 cm (42 5/8 × 21 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

Edo period (1615 - 1868), fish, Japan, kakemono, poems, surimono, wisteria, WWII-era provenance

Hutchinson Collection [1]

Sale, London, Sotheby’s, Japanese Prints, Paintings and Works of Art, November 13, 1996, Sale #LN6704, lot 13: “Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850): The First Katsuo of the Season” [2]

David Newman, London, purchased at Sale, London, Sotheby’s, Japanese Prints, Paintings and Works of Art, November 13, 1996, Sale #LN6704” [3]

From 1996
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from David Newman, London [4]


[1] According to Sotheby’s, London auction catalogue for Sale#LN5704, the hanging scroll was previously in the collection of Hutchinson.

[2] See object file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

[4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

David Newman
Sotheby's (London)
Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson ca. 1829-1891

Published References
  • Auction Catalogue, 10/13/1996. London, 1996. lot 13.
  • Hokusai and His School, Paintings, Drawings and Illustrated Books. Exh. cat. Harlem. cat. 32, p. 48.
  • Japanse Kunst uit Nederlands Particulier Bezit: tentoonstelling georganiseerd door de Vereniging voor Japanse Kunst in het Singer Museum te Laren. Lochem. p. 131, pl. 27.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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