Eight Bridegrooms for One Daughter (Hitori musume ni muko hachinin): Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III (R) and others including Sawamura Ujûrô II, Nakayama Bungorô II, Onoe Shinshichi III (?), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII, and Ichikawa Kôgorô I (L)

「独娘に婿八人」 三代目岩井粂三郎 二代目沢村宇十郎、二代目中山文五郎、三代目尾上新七ヵ、八代目市川団十郎、初代市川広五郎 等

Japanese
Edo period
about 1849 (Kaei 2)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.7 x 51.1 cm (14 13/16 x 20 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21597-8

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.21597 (right), 11.21598 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.21597-8, 11.45211a-b

Inscription

「八人にいかてかわれん十露盤<そろばん>の玉のやうなる娘一人は 桃栗山人」

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ôju Toyokuni giga (on left sheet)

一陽斎豊国画(年玉印) 応需 豊国戯画(年玉印)

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠、吉村
彫師:なし

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: August 3, 1911)

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