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

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Left half of incomplete diptych. MFA impressions: 11.21611-2 (complete diptych), 11.22131 (left sheet only)

Inscription

Poem by Umeya

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga 一勇斎国芳戯画

Marks

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

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints