Actors Bandô Jûtarô I as Inukai Genpachi Nobumichi (R) and Arashi Rikan II as Inuzuka Shino Moritaka (L), from the series Eight Dog Heroes of Satomi (Satomi hakkenshi no uchi ikko)

「犬飼見八信道 里見八犬子之内一個 坂東寿太郎」(初代)  「犬塚信乃戌孝 里見八犬子之内一個 嵐璃寛」(二代目)

Edo period
late 1833 (Tenpô 4)
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 100; Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #182; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #318


Vertical ôban diptych; 37.8 x 52.9 cm (14 7/8 x 20 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych: 11.35299 (right), 11.35300 (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)

[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