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.
Tango no Tsubone - Attractive image of the beautiful Tango no Tsubone writing a farewell letter to her lover just prior to her execution. She sits on a straw mat along the shore, looking down thoughtfully at the paper in her lap, a brush in her hand. The executioner kneels behind her holding his sword. According to legend, her farewell poem so moved the samurai set to behead her that he let her go. The colorful figure is set off by the rugged cliffs looming behind her, with waves lapping at the beach. Nicely detailed with fine line work in the hair and delicate embossing on the white kimono.
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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