Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

Print: Aoyagi Harunosuke (青柳春之助) from the series Sagas of Beauty and Bravery (Biyū Suikoden - 美勇水滸伝)

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Dates: 1866,created
Dimensions: 7.0 in,9.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Tamazakura Yoshitoshi hitsu
Publisher: Ōmiya Kyūjirō (Marks 415 - seal 30-034)
Combined date and aratame censor seal: 10/1866

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Marega Collection, Universita Pontificia Salesiana; Database of Folklore Illustrations;

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.


The text reads: 菊池家の小姓実ハ漢士の海賊七草官丁禮(しちそうかんていれい)の一子七草四郎年正也肥前国鐘の岬の海底にて父の霊て出會夫より菊池家て仇せんと企しとぞ


There are 8 other images from this series in the Lyon Collection (#s 404, 1076, 1104, 1155, 1156, 1157, 1188 and 1189), plus the frontispiece (#1191) and title page (#1190).

There is another copy of this print in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria as there is in the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.


This specific print is illustrated in color in Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga by April Vollmer, 2015, n.p.