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

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state of the above design.

Johan Nieuhof - 'Stats Meesters en Konstenars Woningen (Houses of Government Officials and Artists [in Batavia]}, 1682, British Library

1682 print by Johan Nieuhof (1618-1672) 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

A copy of this French translation of Aesops Fables illustrated by British artist Francis Barlow (c. 1626-1704) was owned by painter Ishikawa Tair (石川大浪) and sometime after his death passed into Kuniyoshis possession.

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

Title: Anglers in the Depths of the Mountains (Fukayama no tsuribito, 深山のつり人)

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: No seal

Date: c. 1830-1835

Robinson: S95a.3

 

This sheet is described as a keyblock print on the website of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I am grateful to Robert Pryor for locating the image.

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

Description: Sanada Yoichi Yoshisada (真田與一義貞) and Matano Gor Kagehisa (股野五郎景久) struggling on the sea-shore at Ishibashiyama

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi

Date: c. 1835

Robinson: S95b.1

Kuniyoshi - (S95b

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

Description: Kat Kiyomasa (加藤主計頭清正), a vassal of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, fighting the Korean tiger; plain background flecked with orange

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi

Date: c. 1835

Robinson: S95b.2

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 (seal name Hid han)

Date: c. 1835r

Robinson: S95b.3

 

NOTE: This unsigned ban print is attributed to Kuniyoshi by Robinson. It is a copy of a 1787 votive tablet in the Asakusa Kannon Temple measuring 2.65 x 3.52 meters, which was painted by K Skoku:

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for these images and information.

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

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Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - (S95b

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

Title: None

Description: Wada Yoshimori (和田義盛) and Tomoe Gozen (巴御前) in combat

Publisher: No seal

Date: c. 1833-1835

Robinson: Not listed

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

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

 

Another state of the above design

 

Another state courtesy of Robert Pryor

 

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

Description: Tokiwa Gozen with her three children. Tokiwa Gozen and Imawaka are holding Otowaka and Ushiwaka in their arms.

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.1a

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

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 kuni Chiyo-jo (加賀の国千代女) with her bucket by the well looking down at morning glories. Rather than disturb them, she will go to a neighbor for water.

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)

Title: Takeda Daizen Daibu Harunobu Nyd Shingen, Ready for Battle at Kawanakajima in Shinano Province in the Eleventh Month of 1553 (Tenmon nijninen jichigatsu Shinsh Kawanakajima shutsujin no zu, 武田太膳太夫晴信入道信玄 天文廿二年十一月信州川中島出張之圖)

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: Yorozu-ya Jbei

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.4

 

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

Title: Uesugi Danj Daihitsu Terutora Nyd Kenshin, Ready for Battle at Kawanakajima in Shinano Province in the Eleventh Month of 1553 (Tenmon nijninen jichigatsu Shinsh Kawanakajima shutsujin no zu, 上杉弾正大弼輝虎入道謙信 天文廿二年十一月信州川中島出張之圖)

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: Yorozu-ya Jbei

Date: c. 1835-1840

Robinson: S95c.5

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

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

Description: Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道真) in Tenmang 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

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this additional state of the above design also published by Yamashiro-ya Jinbei.

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

Title: None

Description: Full-length standing beauty in elaborate robes playing with a cat, possibly the Third Princess from The Tale of Genji

Publisher: Maru-ya Jinpachi

Date: c. 1840-1842

Robinson: S95c (not listed)

 

 

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

Title: The Tenjin Sutra (天神経)

Description: Sugawara no Michizane, who is also known as Tenjin, riding on an bull reading a scroll

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Date: c. 1818

Robinson: S95c (not listed)

 

 

Another state of the above design published by Yamashiro-ya Jinbei

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this additional state of the above design.

 

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

Scene: Sugawara no Michizane (菅原の道真) standing in full court robes, copy of a painting by Ise Sadatake

Publisher: Aritaya Seiemon (here written as Toto (Edo) Yreid (東都 有永堂)

Date: 1843 (censor Tanaka Heishir)

Robinson: S1f.13

 

NOTE: Kuniyoshis signature is unusual, reading Ch--r Kuniyoshi kinga (朝櫻楼 国芳 謹画). I am grateful to Horst Grbner for the image.

 

An enlargement of the text in the preceding 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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