Kuniyoshi: Saito Dosan Spying (Sold)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Saito Yamashiro-no-kami Hidetatsu Nyudo Josan (The historical Saito Dosan). 菜籐山城守秀龍入道乗三
Series: Taiheiki Eiyû den (Heroes of the Grand Pacification)
Date: c. 1848
Saito Yamashiro-no kami Hidetatsu nyudo Josan. Saito Dosan holds on to his traveling hat, ready to pull it down at a moment’s notice. He is indeed spying on Oda Nobunaga to see if he is a suitable man to marry to his daughter. He wears a richly ornamented cloak and his sword has a tiger-skin scabbard.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (36.3 x 24.2 cm)
Publisher: Yamamoto Heikichi (Ekyûdo)
Literature: See “Heroes of the Grand Pacification”, number 4 , page 66. See British Museum.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga