Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

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A bloodied Sugenoya Kuemon resting his head on the hilt of his sword in stormy weather from a set Kaidai hyaku, “Yoshitoshi’s Selection of One Hundred Warriors.” Sixty-five prints published by Ohashiya Yashichi between 1868 and 1869, this being 1868. The text in the square cartouches in this set refer to prominent warriors in the internecine wars of the 16th century but in fact the subjects are Shogitai soldiers. (Those that held out against the imperial forces and were massacred at Ueno, 4/7/1868.) Possibly the best design from this fine set.

Fine impression of the early state with dark background and yellow at the bottom of the title cartouche. Fine colour and condition. Signed Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi htsu.

Status: Sold

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