Yoshitoshi: Kagurajishi Daihachi Running

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Title: Kagurajishi Daihachi Running
Series: Biographies of Modern Men (Kinsei kyôgiden)
Date: 1866

Kagurajishi Daihachi runs forward with a frantic expression, perhaps in an attempt to stop something violent and inevitable. He holds a bar in his hand while three swords and another weapon are scattered about. The text is written by Sanzan-tei Arindo. This series was one of Yoshitoshi’s earliest major efforts and chronicles the men involved in violent clashes between two gambling rings in Shimosa Proince in 1849.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. With a very light backing.
Dimensions: ôban (36.5 x 24.4 cm)
Publisher: Iseki (Manyô-dô)
Literature: Listed in “Beauty & Violence”, series 13. Keyes number 147.8. Fitzwilliam Museum.
Seal: Kiri
Signature: Kaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu