Actor Sawamura Sôjûrô V as Inumura Daikaku Masanori, from the series The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes (Hakkenden inu no sôshi no uchi)

「八犬傳犬の艸紙乃内 犬村大角礼度(いぬむらだいかくまさのり)」 五代目沢村宗十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Sennosuke (Hori Sennosuke) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #68; Nihon no koten 16, Nansô Satomi Hakkenden (1976), p. 117

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.44539

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 20 of the Left group on the title page (11.39112).

MFA impressions: 11.39133, 11.44539

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Sennosuke
改印:浜、馬込、子九
彫師:彫千之助

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