Yoshitoshi: Shinano and Kempachi struggle in midair
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Shinano and Kempachi struggle in midair. Fabulous precursor to today’s “manga”.
Series: Essays by Yoshitoshi (Ikkai zuihitsu)
Inuzuka Shinano and Inukai Kempachi are depicted wrestling in midair as they fall from the roof of the pavilion Hôryûkaku. An episode from Takizawa Bakin;s (1767-1848) novel Hakkenden (“Eight Dog Heroes”)
Condition: Very good impression and color. Original backing, narrow margins.
Dimensions: ôban 35.7 x 24 cm
Literature: See Beauty & Violence, number 23.8, page 111.
Signature: Ikkeisai Yoshitoshi hitsu