Yoshitoshi: Tokugawa Ieyasu at his Palace Entrance (Sold)
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Title: Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Entrance to a Palace
Series: Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan (Dai nippon meisho kagami)
Tokugawa Ieyasu stands solemnly in formal robes at the entrance to a palace, a somber procession of men behind him. He was the first shogun of the Tokugawa regime and one of three great unifiers of Japan. Perhaps this scene has to do with his “abdication” in 1605, when he ceremonially transferred power to his son Hidetada while effectively remaining the ruler of Japan until his death in 1616. His black robe has a beautifully printed pattern of flowers in the lacquer-imitating style and the roof has added mica. Earlier editions of this series, like this one, have a tan color block that is printed on the margins.
Condition: Excellent color. Very good impression and condition. Two spots in sky and minor soiling to lower margin. Unbacked.
Publisher: Funazu Chûjirô
Literature: Listed in “Beauty & Violence” , number 27.11, page 118. Keyes number 334.11.
Signature: Ôju Yoshitoshi hitsu