Actors Iwai Shijaku I as Inuzaka Keno Tanetomo (R) and Nakamura Shikan II as Inuta Kobungo Yasuyori (L), from the series Eight Dog Heroes of Satomi (Satomi hakkenshi uchi ikko)
「犬坂毛野胤智 里見八犬子之内一個 岩井紫若」（初代） 「犬田小文吾安悌 里見八犬子之内一個 中村芝翫」（二代目）
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 100; Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #181; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #318
Vertical ôban diptych; 38.2 x 52.7 cm (15 1/16 x 20 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Diptych: 11.35293 (right), 11.35294 (left)
From a set of four diptychs showing actors as the heroes of a bestselling adventure novel, not roles they had actually performed on stage but drawn from the artist’s imagination (mitate).
Shunkôsai Hokuei ga (on each sheet)
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 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