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.
Widow of Lord Kido, Suikou-in, Feeding the Fugitive Kogoro - Interesting design of the widow Suikou-in kneeling on the floor of a house with a bowl of rice in hand. The beauty looks back over her shoulder with a keen expression, her gray kimono trailing onto the floor beside her. One of the floorboards at right is lifted up as she prepares to hand the food down to the fugitive Kogoro, who is hiding below. A pair of sandals rests nearby, and towels hang on a bamboo rod below the window. Outside the window a crescent moon is barely visible in the pale blue sky in the early morning. Wonderful detail in the household setting and furnishings. Includes burnishing on the hair.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, stains. A few prints have a few holes so slight thinning at edge, repaired. Please see photos for details.
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