Eight Brides for an Only Son (Hitori musuko ni yome hachinin): Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII and His Fans

「独息子(ひとりむすこ)に嫁八人(よめはちにん)」 八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
about 1849 (Kaei 2)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #144; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #83 (complete diptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.5 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22131

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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.

Inscription

Poem by Umeya

「梅屋 一輪の牡丹にうしのつのめたつ恋あらそいは娵も八人」

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga

一勇斎国芳戯画

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