Tanaka Tsurukichi, the Japanese Robinson Crusoe

by Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)

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Tanaka Tsurukichi, the Japanese Robinson Crusoe by Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)

Original Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889) Japanese Woodblock Print
Tanaka Tsurukichi, the Japanese Robinson Crusoe

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. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.

Tanaka Tsurukichi, the Japanese Robinson Crusoe - Intriguing portrait of Tanaka Tsurukichi meeting with naval officers on an island. Tsurukichi emigrated to the United States, then returned to Japan to open a salt company. He was honored in Japan for enduring hardships to achieve an education. His story was told in a popular novel titled "The Adventurous Life of Tanaka Tsurukichi, Japanese Robinson Crusoe." He sits on a tree stump chatting with the men, dressed in plaid pants and a burgundy vest over a white shirt. A large ship can be seen off the coast, and two sailors hike up the hill at left. A fascinating subject, nicely detailed. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.

Artist - Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)

Image Size - 8 1/8" x 12 3/8" + decorative border as shown

Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice condition overall.

Tanaka Tsurukichi, the Japanese Robinson Crusoe by Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)
Tanaka Tsurukichi, the Japanese Robinson Crusoe by Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)

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