Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Inuzuka Shino Moritaka (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Inukai Genpachi Nobumichi (L), from the series Eight Dog Heroes of Satomi (Satomi Hakkenshi no hitori)

「里見八犬子之一個 犬塚信乃戌孝」 八代目市川団十郎 「里見八犬子之一個 犬飼見八信道」 四代目板東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
about 1847–50 (Kôka 4–Kaei 3)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #19; Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #164

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.4 x 49.9 cm (14 5/16 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45268a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Four diptychs combine vertically to make an octaptych: 11.43770a-b (top), 11.43779a-b (top center), 11.43771a-b (bottom center), 11.43778a-b (bottom); virtual record: 11.43770VR
Additional MFA impressions: 11.29046-7 (= 11.43778a-b), 11.45267a-b (= 11.43779a-b), 11.45268a-b (= 11.43770a-b)

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田、シタ売
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