Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Tanbe Jijū Taira No Harutaka (丹部待従平春高 - actually Oda Nobutaka),
#39 (三十九) from the series Heroes of the Great Peace (Taiheiki eiyūden - 太平記英勇傳)

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Dates: circa 1848 - 1849,created
Dimensions: 9.875 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor seals: Mera and Murata
Number 39: 三十九

Related links: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Legion of Honor;

Physical description:

Oda Nobutaka (織田信孝: 1558-83) "Third son of Nobunaga was chosen to be heir of the Kambe family (Ise). He establish himself in the castle of the same name (1569). In 1582, he received in fief the 4 provinces of Shikoku, and headed an expedition to Kii against the chief of the Hongwan-ji, Kōsa, who was defeated and slain. On his father's death, hearing that his cousin Nobuzumi had been in league with Akechi Mitsuhide, he attacked him in Ōsaka and put him to death. Shortly after, he was appointed with his brother Nobuo, guardian of young Sambōshi. He resided at Gifu, and governed Mino provinces. His contentions with Nobuo led to war. Nobutaka was besieged in Gifu and took flight, but being pursued by Nakagawa Sadanari and seeing himself on the point of being made prisoner he sought shelter in the Shōhō-ji temple at Noma (Owari) and killed himself."

Quoted from: Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan by E. Papinot, p. 469.


Illustrated in color in The Legacy of Japanese Printmaking/Le Rayonnement de l'estampe Japonaise by Barry Till, the Art Gallery of Victoria, 1986, pl. #IV.