Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861)
Title: Inue Shimbei Masashi on the shoulders of his protector attacked by a gang of roughs
Series: The One and Only Eight Dog History of Old Kyokutei, Best of Refined Authors
Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi
Dimensions: 37.7 x 26 cm
This series of prints is based upon the novel Nanso Satomi Hakkenden (The Biography of Nanso Satomi and the Eight Dog Warriors) written by Takizawa Bakin (1767-1848), who is here called Old Kyokutei. By a rather complicated set of circumstances, Fusehime, the daughter of Lord Anzai of the Satomi Clan, gives birth to eight great warriors fathered by a dog. The majority of the novel’s 181 chapters relate their swashbuckling adventures.