Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

Print: Mutsuki Suginosuke Norifusa (六木杉之助則房) from the series
Sagas of Beauty and Bravery (Biyū Suikoden - 美勇水滸伝)

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Dates: 1867,created
Dimensions: 6.75 in,9.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu
Publisher: Ōmiya Kyūjirō
(Marks 415 - seal 30-034)
Date: 4/1867
Carver: Hori Chō

Related links: Marega Collection, Universita Pontificia Salesiana; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Hermitage Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; National Gallery of Victoria;

Physical description:

"The chūban prints from this series were printed two to a block and then cut... The production of the set lasted from 4/1866-4/1867. Once completed, it was issued with an unsigned, undated title page and a contents page that itemised all fifty prints, with the signature Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga (picture by Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi) and the name of Kanagaki Robun in the left margin."

Quoted from: Yoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Freis Collection, page 85. The authors note that there appears to be a later edition where the publisher's seal has been left blank.


There are 8 other images from this series in the Lyon Collection (#s 404, 1103, 1104, 1155, 1156, 1157, 1188 and 1189), plus the frontispiece (#1191) and title page (#1190).