Miscellaneous Warrior Prints,

Part I

 

This is the inevitable final catch-all or miscellany comprising untitled and unclassified warrior prints which do not fit in with either the regular series or the triptychs. They are listed as S95 in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982).

Format: ban (approximately 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Title: Act XI of 'The Chshingura, the night-attack (Chshingura jichi damme yo-uchi no zu, 十一段目 夜討之圖)

Description: Moonlit street-scene with western effects of clouds and shadows; the rnin scaling the wall of Moronaos mansion

Publisher: no seal

Date: c. 1830-1835

Robinson: S95a.1

1682 print by Johan Nieuhof titled Stats Meesters en Konstenars Woningen (Houses of Government Officials and Artists [in Batavia]) that Kuniyoshi obviously copied in designing the above print.

Format: ban (approximately 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Title: O-Kane the strong woman of mi Province (mi no kuni no yfu O-Kane, 近江の国の勇婦 於兼)

Description: In an unearthly landscape with sensational cloud effects, O-Kane steps on the leading-rein of a runaway brown horse that kicks up its heels towards her

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

Date: c. 1830-1835

Robinson: S95a.2

Another state of the above design

 

 

No image available

 

 

Format: ban (approximately 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Title: Anglers in the depths of the mountains (Shinzan no tsuribito)

Description: Heavily wooded landscape (western style) with river and pool; two fishermen on a ledge and a huge snake appearing under the water and partly among the trees

Publisher:

Date: c. 1830-1835

Robinson: S95a.3

Format: ban (approximately 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Description: Sanada Yoichi Yoshisada and Matano Gor Kagehisa struggling on the sea-shore at Ishibashiyama

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi

Date: c. 1835

Robinson: S95b.1

Format: ban (approximately 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Description: Kat Kiyomasa (a vassal of Toyotomi Hideyoshi) fighting the Korean tiger; plain background flecked with orange

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi

Date: c. 1835

Robinson: S95b.2

No image available

Format: ban (approximately 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Description: Yorimasa and his retainer Ii no Hayata dispatching the monstrous nue

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi

Date: c. 1835

Robinson: S95b.3

 

NOTE: This unsigned print is attributed to Kuniyoshi by Robinson

Format: ban (approximately 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Description: Nitta Shir Tadatsune (仁田四郎忠常) killing the giant wild boar during Yoritomos hunt on the moor below Mount Fuji

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi

Date: c. 1835

Robinson: S95b.4

Another state of the above design

Format: ban (approximately 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Title: Hayashiya Shzs Ingenious Ghost Stories (Hayashiya Shz kuf no kaidan, 林屋正蔵工夫の怪談)

Subtitle: A Haunted House with 100 Stories (Hyaku monogatari bakemono yashiki no zu, 百物語化物屋敷の図)

Description: A ruined mansion at night, with three peasants terrified by an alarming variety of supernatural manifestations

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Shz

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S95b.5

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Tokiwa-gozen and her children in the snow; a village in the background

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.1

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Tokiwa-gozen and her three children, Imawaka (standing), Otowaka, and Ushiwaka

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.1a

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Shizuka-gozen in her shirabyshi costume beneath a rolled bamboo blind

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.2

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Kaga no Chiyo with her bucket by the well looking down at morning glories

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.3

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Anju-hime carrying buckets of salt water on the shore

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S95c.3a

 

Another state of the above design with orange on top

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Takeda Daizenday Harunobu Nyd Shingen seated on a stool in his traditional helmet and holding his war-fan charged with astrological symbols. Fangs are visible at the corners of his mouth.

Publisher:

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.4

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Uesugi Danj Daihitsu Terutora Nyd Kenshin seated on a stool with a monks hood over his helmet with the paulownia crest between horns

Publisher:

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.5

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Sugawara no Michizane in Tenmangu Shrine wearing court robes with a scepter seated on a platform under an awning; below him, two palace guards seated, and two stone lions

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Date: c. 1840

Robinson: S95c.6

 

Another state of the above kakemono-e.

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: The seven gods of good fortune (Shichifukujin)

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Murata Sahei)

Robinson: S95c (not listed)

 

A later state of the above kakemono-e published by Yamashiro-ya Jinbei

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: boshi Yuranosuke Yoshio seated on a stool from an untitled series of the 47 Rnin

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Date: 1843-1846

Robinson: S95c (not listed)

 

 

Format: kakemono-e (a vertical diptych approximately 28 by 10 inches or 72 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Yoshida Chzaemon Kanesuke seated on a stool from an untitled series of the 47 Rnin

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Date: 1843-1846

Robinson: S95c (not listed)

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

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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