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.
Tomita Nobutaka and His Wife, Ukita - Terrific portrait of the warrior Tomita Nobutaka and his wife, Ukita, during the defense of Anozu Castle. Wearing armor and carrying a large naginata, the beauty holds the reins of her husband's white horse, the wind blowing her long hair. Tomita looks back over his shoulder at men fighting on the ground, his battle helmet topped with golden horns. The silhouette of the castle looms behind them in silhouette against the evening sky. A fantastic portrait of a woman warrior, beautifully detailed with touches of burnishing on the armor and pants and fine shading in the background. A great Yoshitoshi design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 9 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Please see photos for details. Good condition overall.
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