Actors Onoe Shôroku as Inuyama Dôsetsu, No. 3 (R), and Asano Asatarô I as Inukawa Gakuzô, No. 4 (L), from the series The Valor of the Eight Dog Heroes of Satomi (Satomi Hakkenshi buyûden)

里見八犬士武勇傳 「犬山道節 尾上松緑 三」 「犬川額蔵 浅尾朝太郎 四」

Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th month
Artist Kinoshita Hironobu I (Japanese, active about 1851–1870), Publisher Kinokuniya Yasubei (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 118; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #412


Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36.8 cm (9 13/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych (two sheets from an octaptych): 11.35065 (right), 11.35066 (left)

Play: Satomi Hakkenden
Theater: Chikugo

The actor Onoe Shôroku 1.5 (also sometimes called 1.2) used the name from 1849 to 1873 but is not presently recognized as an official member of the line.


Hironobu (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)

[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