by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Comments - Fantastic depiction of Ichikawa Sadanji I as the samurai and master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi breaking his way out of a bathhouse. His enemies had locked him in the bath house and set fire to it, hoping to boil him alive, but he escaped. Here, he uses a wooden beam to crash through the wall, clouds of smoke and steam pouring through the opening. He wears a blue and white cotton kimono patterned with rabbits and tied with an embossed blue and white sash, his wet hair streaming over the sides of his head as he scowls with rage. First published in 1888, this is a 1910 edition printed from the original blocks. We've seen the 1888 version sold elsewhere for more than $1,800! A great opportunity to acquire this dramatic design at a much lower cost.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Some toning and losses in margin. A couple light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.