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. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi - Impressive portrait of the Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi) receiving a messenger from the Mouri family. Hideyoshi is seated on a spotted deerskin wearing a fabulous peacock feather patterned robe, the message on the floor before him. The old messenger kneels respectfully as he delivers the missive. An interesting image, nicely detailed.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Toning at edges. Please see photos for details.
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