Actor Nakamura Tamasuke I (Nakamura Utaemon III) as Moriguchi Kurô, a Valiant Retainer of Satomi (Satomi yûshin), from the series The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes (Hakkenden inu no sôshi no uchi)

「八犬傳犬之艸紙廼内 里見勇臣森口九郎(さとみゆうしんもりぐちくろう)」 初代中村玉助(三代目中村歌右衛門)

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #30

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 × 24.9 cm (14 1/4 × 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39114

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 1 of the Left group on the title page (11.39112).

MFA impressions: 11.39114, 11.44555

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat 10
No blockcutter's mark
改印:福、村松、子十
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: January 19, 2005)

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