Actor Onoe Baiju (Onoe Kikugorô III) as Inuyama Dôsetsu Tadatomo, from the series The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes (Hakkenden inu no sôshi no uchi)
1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)
Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #49; Nihon no koten 16, Nansô Satomi Hakkenden (1976), p. 49
Vertical ôban; 36.2 × 24.9 cm (14 1/4 × 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 10 of the Right group on the title page (11.39112).
MFA impressions: 11.39147, 11.44553
Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji
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)
 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