Eight Brides for an Only Son (Hitori musuko ni yome hachinin): Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII and His Fans
Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #144; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #83 (complete diptych)
Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.5 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left half of incomplete diptych.
MFA impressions: 11.21611-2 (complete diptych), 11.22131 (left sheet only)
The paintings in the background show two deities popular in around 1849: the rice god Inari as an old man, worshipped at Nihonbashi, and the Hag of Hell (Datsueba), worshipped at ShInjuku.
Poem by Umeya
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection