Yoshitoyo - Leopard attacking a cock
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Fukuyama (Utagawa) Yoshitoyo (1830-1866)
An furious leopard in captivity, attacking a cock.
Title: Nishi Ryôgaku ... okuyuki (Exhibiting a leopard in Western Ryôgoku)
Signature: Ichiryûsai Yoshitoyo ga
Wood cutter: Hori Kane (Koizumi Kanegorô)
Publisher: Kikuya Ichibei
Size: Oban, 35,1 x 23 cm
Good impression and colours, paper a little bit yellow. Smoothed creases, somewhat worn, paper with a few thinner parts. All in all good condition. Rare and very dramatic depiction of an imported leopard, exhibited in Tokyo in the year 1860 which caused great public interest.
See: MFA Boston, (Bigelow Collection) No 11.37318, Smithsonian, Freer Sackler Gallery No S 1998.108.