Stories of Remarkable Persons of Loyalty and High Reputation

(Chûkô meiyo kijin den, 忠孝名誉奇人伝)

1845

 

The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

 

Scene: Hatchô-tsubote Kiheiji (八町礫喜平次) and his wife Yatsuhiro at the attack on the Aso family in Higo

Robinson: S35.1

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Scene: The sculptor Hidari Jinjorô ( 甚五郎) with his sculptures of a dragon and two lions coming to life

Robinson: S35.2

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Scene: The courtesan Jigoku (地獄, meaning hell) enthroned under the patronage of the priest Ikkyû

Robinson: S35.3

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

 

Scene: Kaji-jo (梶女) the poetess of the Gion district of Kyoto  reclining and reading a letter

Robinson: S35.4

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Keyblock print for the above design.  A keyblock print is an impression pulled from the first woodblock made by a carver from the artist’s original drawing.  The artist would write instructions for each color on a separate key block print, and the woodblock for each color was cut using one of these as a guide.  In addition to being a guide for carving the color woodblocks, the key block was also used to apply black ink (usually) in the final printing process.

 

Scene: Kane-jo (兼女) carrying her washing tub with runaway horse and a cowering groom in the background

Robinson: S35.5

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Scene: The poetess Kikaku (其角) in a boat under a bridge during a shower of rain

Robinson: S35.6

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

 

Scene: Koshikibu-no-naishi (小式部内侍) with her servant at the Kitano Temple in Kyoto

Robinson: S35.7

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Scene: Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵) with two wooden swords, fencing with the old Master Tsukahara Bokuden who is using two  wooden pot lids

Robinson: S35.8

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Scene: Oguri Hangwan Ujishige (小栗判官氏重) attended by Terute-hime and holding a vicious horse

Robinson: S35.9

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

 

Scene: Ono no Tôfû (小野道風, Michikaze) learning perseverance from a frog climbing a willow branch

Robinson: S35.10

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

 

Scene: Settsu no Zenji (Hirai) Yasumasa playing a flute on a moonlit night while the robber Hakamadare Yasusuke approaches

Robinson: S35.11

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

 

Scene: Shidzuka-gozen (静御前) as a shirabyoshi dancing on a veranda

Robinson: S35.12

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Scene: The poetess Shûshiki wearing her father’s overcoat in the rain

Robinson: S35.13

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Scene: Sugimoto Sakubei, a retainer of Kusunoki, weeping before the latter’s son, Masatsura

Robinson: S35.14

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Scene: Chinzei Hachirô Tametomo (鎮西八郎爲朝) with a large improvised bow talking to a fisher-girl while exiled in Ôshima

Robinson: S35.15

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

 

Another state of the above design

 

Scene: Yamamoto Kansuke (山本勘助) overcoming a giant boar in the snow

Robinson: S35.16

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

Scene: Princess Chujo (Chûjô-hime, 中将姫) seated watching a rainbow with a spinning wheel forming a halo behind her head

Robinson: S35.17

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei 

 

Scene: Shijô Dainagon on the rail of a veranda with a ball above him and a flight of wild geese

Robinson: S35.18

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

“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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