Actors Onoe Kikugorô III as Inuzuka Shino (R) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Inukai Genpachi (L), from the series Actors Imagined as the Eight Dog Heroes (Mitate haiyû hakkenshi)

「見立俳優八犬士」 三代目 尾上菊五郎の犬塚信乃   「見立俳優八犬士」 四代目中村歌右衛門の犬飼現八

Japanese
Edo period
about 1840 (Tenpô 11)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 005-0956 (R), 005-0955 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 34.9 x 47.1 cm (13 3/4 x 18 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38085a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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