Series; Illustrated Tale of the Soga Brothers, 1845 - 1846
Illustrated Tale of the Soga Brothers (Soga monogatari zue) - This handsome historic series by Hiroshige illustrates the famous tale of the Soga Brothers, Soga Juro Sukenari and Soga Goro Tokimune. A true story, the Soga Brothers' father was murdered in 1175 when the brothers were aged three and five. As young samurai, they finally avenged his death in 1193, killing his murderer, Kudo Saemon Suketsune, during a hunting party at the foot of Mt. Fuji. This timeless story of honor and fidelity was a favorite subject for artists during the Edo era. These terrific designs combine lively figures with handsome settings, including interiors and landscapes. Some prints use the brothers' childhood names of Ichimanmaru (Juro) and Hakoomaru (Goro). A rarely seen Hiroshige series and a nice complement to his landscape series.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Backed with paper and remargined. Stitching holes at side, repaired. Wrinkling at corner, slight rubbing, light horizontal and vertical lines along edges where backing papers overlap. Please see photos for details.