Kuniyoshi: Bloodstained Samurai at Battle's End
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Title: Toki Jurozaemon Mitsuchika Attempts to Strike Hideyoshi
Series: Taiheiki Eiyû den (Heroes of the Grand Pacification)
Date: c. 1848
Toki Jurozaemon Mitsuchika, mortally wounded but defiant, crawls from a pile of corpses towards his enemy Hideyoshi, his sword stained and chipped. He attempts one last assault on Hideyoshi, but Hideyoshi’s vassal Katagiri steps in and protects his lord. The historical character is Akechi Jurozaemon Mitsuchika. One of the best, most dramatic designs in the series.
Condition: Excellent impression, Very good color and condition. Backed, with very minor wormage at right and minor trimming at left.
Dimensions: ôban (36.5 x 24.5 cm)
Publisher: Yamamoto Heikichi (Ekyûdo)
Literature: See “Heroes of the Grand Pacification”, figure 38 , page 134 . Robinson S62.48.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga