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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

Print: Preface from the series Sagas of Beauty and Bravery (Biyū Suikoden - 美勇水滸伝)

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Dates: 1866,created
Dimensions: 6.5 in,9.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: Marega Collection, Universita Pontificia Salesiana;

Physical description:

This preface was written by Kanagaki Robun (仮名垣魯文: 1829-94). It states that Yoshitoshi was commissioned by the publisher and told to confine himself to just fifty different heroic characters.

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"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.