Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

Print: Ake Tamanosuke (朱 珠之助) from the series Sagas of Beauty and Bravery (Biyū Suikoden - 美勇水滸伝)

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Dates: 1866,created
Dimensions: 6.875 in,9.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ikkai Yoshitoshi ga
Publisher: Ōmiya Kyūjirō (Marks 415 - seal 30-034)
Combined date and aratame censor seal: 12/1866

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Marega Collection, Universita Pontificia Salesiana; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; National Gallery of Victoria;

Physical description:

"The chūban prints from this series were printed two to a block and then cut... The production of the set lasted from 4/1866-4/1867. Once completed, it was issued with an unsigned, undated title page and a contents page that itemised all fifty prints, with the signature Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga (picture by Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi) and the name of Kanagaki Robun in the left margin."

Quoted from: Yoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Freis Collection, page 85. The authors note that there appears to be a later edition where the publisher's seal has been left blank.


There are 8 other images from this series in the Lyon Collection (#s 404, 1076, 1103, 1104, 1155, 1156, 1157 and 1189), plus the frontispiece (#1191) and title page (#1190).


The figure behind Ake Tamanosuke is a painted wooden sculpture of his mentor Kansho.