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Artist

Kuniyoshi, Utagawa

Condition

(B) Good Condition, (C) Fair Condition

Date

1840s-1860s

Movement

Ukiyo-e

Publisher

Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô)

Size

Oban (10"x15")

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi – Yoshida Sakuemon Kanesada

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In the lead up to the attack on Kono mansion, Kanesada regularly disguised himself as he scouted the attack sight. Here he is shown fending off arrows.

Description

This print is "[No. 6,] Yoshida Sadaemon Kanesada", from the series "Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai" (Seichû gishi den), printed in 1847.

In the lead up to the attack on Kono mansion, Kanesada regularly disguised himself as he scouted the attack sight. Here he is shown fending off arrows.

Stories of the Faithful Samurai or Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai

Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s famous "Stories of the Faithful Samurai" is popularly known as the story of the Forty-Seven Ronin. The legendary Japanese tale of loyalty, revenge, and honor has been part of Japanese culture for more than two centuries, and the subject of numerous Noh and Kabuki plays in Japan, as well as books and films in the West. Published in 1847/1848, the series contains a total of fifty-one designs, each of which incorporates a biographical inscription of each character and their role in the famous story.

The Woodblock Print

This oban from 1847 is in fair to good condition for its age. Even toning but solid color, numerous small repairs and pinholes, but a very strong and rich piece in its condition.

About the Artist

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was born into the Igusa family in Edo as the son of silk dyer. Little is known about his very early years; Kuniyoshi began his ukiyo-e career as a pupil of Shunei. At age 14 he was accepted to study the art of woodblock printing under Toyokuni I and would become one of his most successful students. In 1814 he left Toyokuni’s studio to pursue a career as an independent Japanese ukiyo-e artist. Initially he had little success, selling tatami mats in order to support himself. His fortunes changed in 1827 with his dramatic series “108 Heroes of the Suikoden”. From that point on the public sought out his portrayals of famous samurai and legendary heroes. Kuniyoshi worked in all genres, producing some brilliant landscapes and charming bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women). He died in the spring of 1861 from complications of a stroke.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi – Yoshida Sakuemon Kanesada

In the lead up to the attack on Kono mansion, Kanesada regularly disguised himself as he scouted the attack sight. Here he is shown fending off arrows.

$600.00

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Additional information

Artist

Kuniyoshi, Utagawa

Condition

(B) Good Condition, (C) Fair Condition

Date

1840s-1860s

Movement

Ukiyo-e

Publisher

Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô)

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Description

This print is "[No. 6,] Yoshida Sadaemon Kanesada", from the series "Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai" (Seichû gishi den), printed in 1847.

In the lead up to the attack on Kono mansion, Kanesada regularly disguised himself as he scouted the attack sight. Here he is shown fending off arrows.

Stories of the Faithful Samurai or Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai

Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s famous "Stories of the Faithful Samurai" is popularly known as the story of the Forty-Seven Ronin. The legendary Japanese tale of loyalty, revenge, and honor has been part of Japanese culture for more than two centuries, and the subject of numerous Noh and Kabuki plays in Japan, as well as books and films in the West. Published in 1847/1848, the series contains a total of fifty-one designs, each of which incorporates a biographical inscription of each character and their role in the famous story.

The Woodblock Print

This oban from 1847 is in fair to good condition for its age. Even toning but solid color, numerous small repairs and pinholes, but a very strong and rich piece in its condition.

About the Artist

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was born into the Igusa family in Edo as the son of silk dyer. Little is known about his very early years; Kuniyoshi began his ukiyo-e career as a pupil of Shunei. At age 14 he was accepted to study the art of woodblock printing under Toyokuni I and would become one of his most successful students. In 1814 he left Toyokuni’s studio to pursue a career as an independent Japanese ukiyo-e artist. Initially he had little success, selling tatami mats in order to support himself. His fortunes changed in 1827 with his dramatic series “108 Heroes of the Suikoden”. From that point on the public sought out his portrayals of famous samurai and legendary heroes. Kuniyoshi worked in all genres, producing some brilliant landscapes and charming bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women). He died in the spring of 1861 from complications of a stroke.

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