The Last Shogun

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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The Last Shogun by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Last Shogun

Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)

Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders.

The Last Shogun - Handsome portrait of Tokugawa Keiki (also known as Yoshinobu), the last shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, who resigned his post in 1867, returning power to the Emperor. A cultured and knowledgeable man, he had many interests, as shown by the stacks of books on the table behind him and the different floral arrangements. A western style clock and oil lamp showcase the rapid changes occurring at this time period. Wonderful detail in the interior setting and furnishings.

Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Light toning. Some prints have a couple small spots. Please see photos for details.

The Last Shogun by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
The Last Shogun by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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