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Artist: Hosoda Eishi (細田栄之)

Print: Party on the Daifuku (大福) Pleasure Boat

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Dates: created,circa 1795
Dimensions: 29.5 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Eishi zu (栄之図)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
(Marks 180 - seal 25-365)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Ritsumeikan (center panel b/w); Ritsumeikan (left panel b/w); Lyon (another example);Ritsumeikan University - (right panel b/w); Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, Krakow - the left panel only;

Physical description:

A young man is entertained by seven young beauties on the Daifuku Pleasure Boat.

Bibliography: Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #562; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 213, list no. 276;
Ukiyo-e shūka 8 (1980), Eishi list, #71

Boating scenes with elegant courtesans are one of Eishi's favorite motifs. There are a number of other multi-panel prints, mainly triptychs, showing variations on this theme.

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Daifuku (大福) means great fortune or good luck. It is also what the first tea of the New Year is called. Perhaps this triptych represents a celebration of that event. However, the inclusion of the irises and the style of clothing would place this setting closer to the fifth month of the year.