Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The Ronin Oribe Yahei Kanamaru
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.21
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48 Cens: Yoshimura - Muramatsu
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 37.6 x 25,4 cm.
Published: Weinberg's Faithful Samurai. This print is used for plate1.21. See page 81.
Condition: Very good impression, colour and condition
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Gishi shijushichi-nin hommo wo toge

Gishi shijushichi-nin hommo wo toge

Chusingura yo-uchi no zu

Chusingura yo-uchi no zu

Chusingura yo - ichi no dzu

Chusingura yo - ichi no dzu

47 ronin night attack

47 ronin night attack

The attack in Moronao's garden

The attack in Moronao's garden

Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject:
The ronin Isuai Juzaemon Masahisa
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai)
Print No: 1.10
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and Kiri seal .
Date: 1847-48.  Cens: Hama - Kinugasa
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke.
Size: Oban tate-e, 36 x 24,3 cm.
Condition: Fine  impression, colour and condition.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject:
The ronin Uarmatsu Handayu Takanao
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai)
Print No: 1.19
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and Kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Yoshimura - Muramatsu
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke.
Size: Oban tate-e, 36,2 x 24,9 cm.
Condition: Fine impression, colour and condition.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Yazama Shinroku Mitsukaze.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.40
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and Kiri seal.
Date: 1847-8. Cens: Hama - Kinugasa
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 37,4 x 25,6 cm.
Condition: Very good impression, colour and condition.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Ushioda Masanojo Takanori
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.28
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 37,2 x 26 cm.
Condition: Very good impression, colour and condition.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Sugenoya Sannojo Masatoshi
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.33
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and Kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Muramatsu - Yoshimura
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36 x 25cm.
Condition: Fine impression, colour and condition.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Tokuda Magodayu Shigemori
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.37
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and Kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Hama - Kinugasa
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e,  36.2 x 24.8cm.
Condition: Fine impression, colour and condition.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Nakamura Kansuke Tadatoki
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai ).
Print No: 1.16
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and Kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke.
Size: Oban tate-e,  37 x 25cm.
Condition: Fine impression, colour and condition.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Katsuta Shinemon Taketaka
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.23
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and Kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e,  37.2 x 25.3cm.
Condition: Fine impression, colour and condition.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Uramatsu Kihei Hidenao.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.42
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36 x 24,8 cm.
Condition: Fine impression, very good colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Yukukawa Sampei Munenori.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.8
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Muramatsu - Yoshimura
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36 x 24,8 cm.
Condition: Good impression, very good colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Mase Chudayu Masa-aki.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.44
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-8. Cens: Mera - Murata.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36 x 24,8 cm.
Condition: Very good impression, good colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1797-1861
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi
Seal: Kiri Date: 1847 - 1850 Size: 77,2 x 37,2 cm Format: 3 oban triptych
Title: "Gishi shijushichi-nin hommo wo toge"  The forty-seven Ronin crossing Ryogoku bridge after carrying out their revenge, Yuranosuke is bowing to a mounted official on the near side.
Provenance: Ex B.W.Robinson Collection No. T 209
Impression: Fine Colors: Fine Condition: Very good - missing left bottom corner of left sheet
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Kuniyoshi - The faithful samurai
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - April 14, 1861) was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting and belonged to the Utagawa school.  Read more.

47 ronin story
One of the most famous stories of revenge in Japanese history comprises the exploits of the 47 Ronin (masterless samurai) who avenged the death of their lord in the early 18th century. Their story, the Chushingura, illustrates and defines the Japanese concept of loyalty, providing a supreme example of the samurai ideals of cool courage and fidelity. The Faithful Samurai: Kuniyoshi Woodblock Prints tells this tale through the stunning triptychs, warrior prints, and bust portraits of artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861).

In 1701, a feudal lord, Asano Naganori, was dishonored by Lord Kira, the Shogun's Master of Ceremonies. Lord Asano could no longer bear the insults and humiliating behavior directed toward him by his superior. Despite all efforts at self-control, he drew his sword in a fit of rage and struck Kira, but not fatally. Any violence inside the Shogun's palace was forbidden, and Lord Asano was ordered to commit seppuku, or ritual suicide. His estates and castle were confiscated, and all his men were disbanded to become ronin.

The group of the dishonored Asano's faithful samurai swore an oath to avenge his death. The conspirators had full knowledge that such a plan, if successful, would lead to seppuku for them all, because secret revenge was against the law. After a year of planning, the group came together and attacked Kira's mansion. Following a fierce fight, they beheaded Kira and formally presented the head before the grave of their slain lord. A few months later, all 47 ronin committed judicially imposed seppuku. This event struck a deep emotional chord in the very heart of Japanese society, and the result was a steady stream of theatrical performances, books, and woodblock prints.

The Seichu gishi den was begun in August of 1847 and completed in January of 1848. We know this because Kuniyoshi recorded it into the penultimate print of the series (plate 1.50) . This series, with the coiled kill or be killed tension of battle so startlingly evident became one of the most popular of his works of art based on the ronin motif, and began an extraordinary proliferation of the theme. The 47 Ronin especially held his artistic attention with great passion and intensity throughout his 45-year career. He produced 12 series and 20 triptychs devoted to the Chushingura, or “Treasury of Loyal Hearts” as the story is called in Japanese.

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Onodera Junai Hidetomo.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.9
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36.8 x 25.3 cm.
Condition: Good impression, good colour and condition. Some wormage on print edges professionally restored.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Kiura Okaemon Sadayuki.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.22
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36.8 x 24,8 cm.
Condition: Very good impression, colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Tominomori Suke-emon Masakata
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.27
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36 x 24,8 cm.
Condition: Fine impression, colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Hayano Kampei Tsuneyo.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.47
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Muramatsu - Yoshimura.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36.8 x 25,4 cm.
Condition: Good impression, good colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Teraoka Hei-emon Nobuyuki.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.18
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36.7 x 24,8 cm.
Condition: Very good impression, colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Tokuda Sadaemon yukitaka.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.20
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Mera - Murata.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36.8 x 25,4 cm.
Condition: Fine impression, very good colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Aihara Esuke Munefusa.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.26
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date:1847-48. Cens: Muramatsu - Yoshimura.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36.7 x 24,8 cm.
Condition: Fine impression, very good colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1797-1861
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Kaga - ya Date: 1827 - 1830 Size: 77,4 x 36 cm  approx
Format: Oban Tate-e triptych
Title: Chushingura: yo-uchi no dzu. The 47 Ronin gather for their night attack on Moronao (Kira Kozuke-no-suke). They start to go over the wall using rope ladders on either side of the main gate.
Reference: Kuniyoshi the warrior prints (B.W. Robinson) No. T 13
Impression: Very good Colors: Good Condition: Good slightly trimmed, some wormage, areas of light soiling
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Hayashi-ya Shogoro
Date: 1852 Size: Each sheet approx 35,4cm x 23.8cm Format: 2 prints of a 3 oban triptych
Title: Chushingura yo - uchi no zu. The night attack of the 47 Ronin, the fighting in the garden spreads to Monaro's palace where he is being *hidden by his retainers behind a picture. (*sheet missing)
Provenance: Ex B.W. Robinson collection
Reference: B.W. Robinson Kuniyoshi the warrior prints No. T285. This can be combined with triptych no T249 to form a 6 sheet composition
Impression: Fine Colors: Fine Condition: Minor marks and flaws. One repair on top of print. Generally very good state.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Fuwa Katsuemon Masatane.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.4
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48. Cens: Muramatsu - Yoshimura.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 36.8 x 25,4 cm.
Condition: Good impression, colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Yoshida Sadaemon Kanesada.
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.6
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date:1847-48. Cens: Muramatsu - Yoshimura.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 35.9 x 24,9 cm.
Condition: Fine impression, very good colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Oboshi Seizaemon Nobukiyo
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.32
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date:1847-48. Cens: Muramatsu - Yoshimura.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 35.9 x 24,9 cm.
Condition: Fine impression, very good colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.2a. Refer Weinberg's page 42, a rare alternate design of Rikiya standing, as opposed to being seated. (1.2)
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48 Cens: Hama - Kinugasa
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 37.6 x 25,4 cm.
Condition: Good impression, colour and condition
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1.28 Ushioda Masanojo Takanori

1.28 Ushioda Masanojo Takanori

1.33 Sugenoya Sannojo Masatoshi

1.33 Sugenoya Sannojo Masatoshi

1.37 Tokuda Magodayu Shigemori

1.37 Tokuda Magodayu Shigemori

1.23 Katsuta Shinemon Taketaka

1.23 Katsuta Shinemon Taketaka

1.8 Yukukawa Sampei Munenori

1.8 Yukukawa Sampei Munenori

1.9 Onodera Junai Hidetomo

1.9 Onodera Junai Hidetomo

1.27 Tominomori ukeemon Masakata

1.27 Tominomori ukeemon Masakata

1.18 Teraoka Hei-emon Nobuyuki

1.18 Teraoka Hei-emon Nobuyuki

1.26 Aihara Esuke Munefusa

1.26 Aihara Esuke Munefusa

1.6 Yoshida Sadaemon Kanesada

1.6 Yoshida Sadaemon Kanesada

1.32 Oboshi Seizaemon Nobukiyo

1.32 Oboshi Seizaemon Nobukiyo

1.41 Mase Magoshiro Masatatsu

1.41 Mase Magoshiro Masatatsu

1.10 Isoai Juroemon Masahisa

1.10 Isoai Juroemon Masahisa

1.19 Uramatsu Handayu Takanao

1.19 Uramatsu Handayu Takanao

1.40 Yazama Shinroku Mitsukaze

1.40 Yazama Shinroku Mitsukaze

1.16 Nakamura Kansuke Tadatoki

1.16 Nakamura Kansuke Tadatoki

1.42 Uramatsu Kihei Hidenao

1.42 Uramatsu Kihei Hidenao

1.44 Mase Chudayu Masa-aki

1.44 Mase Chudayu Masa-aki

1.22 Kiura Okaemon Sadayuki

1.22 Kiura Okaemon Sadayuki

1.47 Hayano kampei Tsuneyo

1.47 Hayano kampei Tsuneyo

1.20 TokudaSadaemon Yukitaka

1.20 TokudaSadaemon Yukitaka

1.4 Fuwa Katsuemon Masatane

1.4 Fuwa Katsuemon Masatane

1.2a Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane

1.2a Oboshi Rikiya Yoshikane

1.50 Yoshida Chuzaemon Kanesuke

1.50 Yoshida Chuzaemon Kanesuke

1.21 Oribe Yahei Kanamaru

1.21 Oribe Yahei Kanamaru

 
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei
Date: Rat 9, October/November 1852 Size: Each sheet approx 38.1cm x 25.4cm Format: 3 Oban tate-e triptych
Title: Chushingura yo - uchi no zu. The interior of Moronao's palace just after the ronin burst in. Their rush is met by a group of Moronao's retainers (left) while Yuranosuke directs operations seated on a military camp-stool with a small drum (right).
Reference: This triptych was unknown to Robinson at the time of writing the warrior prints.
Impression: Fine, superb early first edition printing with strong woodgrain visible in the background. Colors: Fine Condition: Full size in superb state. A fine and extremely rare triptych.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei
Date: 1839 - 41 Size: Each sheet approx 38.1cm x 25.4cm Format: 3 Oban tate-e triptych
Title: Ryakuô nen-chû Yenya Hangwan keshi shi-jû-shichi ki etc. The night attack of the Forty-Seven Rônin,  the fight in Moronao’s garden, crossed by a long wooden gallery
Reference: B. W. Robinson; Kuniyoshi The warrior prints No T80.
Impression: Fine Colors: Very good Condition: Good, Full size, minor marks and flaws, repair in the top right hand corner of middle sheet.
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: Ronin Yoshida Chuzaemon Kanesuke
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.50
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date: 1847-48 Cens: Yoshimura - Muramatsu
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 37.6 x 25,4 cm.
Condition: Very good impression, colour and condition
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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Subject: The ronin Mase Magoshiro Masatatsu
Series: Seichu gishi den (Stories of the true loyalty of the faithful samurai).
Print No: 1.41
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and kiri seal.
Date:1847-48. Cens: Hama - Kinugasa.
Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban tate-e, 35.9 x 24,9 cm.
Condition: Fine impression, very good colour and condition
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