Mirror of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Retainers

(Seichû gishin kagami, 誠忠義臣鏡)

Publisher: Kagi-ya Hanjirô

c. 1851

 

The prints in this series are each about 10 by 7 inches (25 by 18 centimeters), a size known as chûban.  I am grateful to Robert Pryor for assisting with this series.

 

 

Description: Yatô Yomoshichi Norikane (矢富与茂七則兼) carrying a spear and a lantern

Number on print: 8

Robinson: S71.1

 

 

 

 

Description: Shikamatsu Hanroku Yukishige (塚松半六行重) carrying a large axe

Number on print: 10

Robinson: S71.2

 

 

 

 

Description: Yoshida Sadaemon Kanesada (葦田貞右衛門兼貞) raising his sword amid falling baskets and charcoal

Number on print: 16

Robinson: S71.3

 

 

 

 

Description: Uramatsu Kihei Hidenao (浦松幸兵衛秀直) threatening one of Moronao’s retainers

Number on print: unnumbered

Robinson: S71.4

 

 

 

Description: Sugino Jûheiji Tsugifusa (杉能重平次継房) seated in ordinary clothes looking up from reading a long scroll

Number on print: unnumbered

Robinson: S71.5

 

 

 

Description: Ôboshi Seizaemon Nobukiyo (大星勢左エ門信清) in ordinary clothes and a wide straw hat by moonlight

Number on print: taibei (the end)

Robinson: S71.6

 

 

 

“Robinson” refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.

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