Yoshitoshi: Kobayashi Heihachirô
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

A dramatic scene from the the Chûshingura drama: the samurai Kobayashi Heihachirô defends the house of his master Kira Yoshinaka (aka Moronao) in the snowy garden with his sword against the attacking avengers, the so-called "47 faithful ronin".

Title: Setsugo no Gyôgetsu - Kobayashi Heihachirô (Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snowl - Kobayashi Heihachirô)

Series: Tsuki hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon)

Signature: Yoshitoshi

Seal: Gô kaisai

Engraver: Yoshihisa

Publisher: Akiyama Buemon, Tokyo

Date: Meiji 22 (1889)

Size: Vertical Ôban, 33 x 22.7 cm (image)

Excellent impression and colours, with relief and lustre printing. Retains original album backing. Verso a little toned. Left margin slightly trimmed, minimal soiling in bottom. Overall very nice condition of this magnificent image. Ill. in Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's one hundred aspects of the moon, Redmond 1992, no. 79. Tjardes, One Hundred Aspects of The Moon, Santa Fe, 2003, no. 83; Verberk, Yoshitoshi - Hundert Ansichten des Mondes, Cologne 2021, no. 89. Cf. also British Museum, 1906,1220,0.1468.