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Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

1797-1861

One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Shuihuzhuan: From the Four Sheets of the Thirty-six Heavenly Stars
(Suikoden goketsu hyakuhachinin: Suikoden goketsu kyakuhachinin: Tenkosei sanjuroku-in yonmai no uchi)

artist's signature at lower right Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, with censor seal kiwame, publisher Kagaya Kichiemon with his address Ryogoku and his seal at the bottom right corner Kichi Ryogoku Kagaya, searies title at the top right corner in kanji, Suikoden goketsu hyakuhachinin: Tenkosei sanjuroku-in yonmai no uchi, the number of the design from the series at bottom right corner unread, with nine of the 'heavenly' Suikoden heroes identified: top row from right to left, Chitasei Goyo, Kohogi Soko, Hyoshito Rinchu; middle row from the right, Sososho Rinchu, Soben Koenshaku, Hekirekika Shinmei; the bottom row from the right, Daito Kansho, Kokusenpu Riki, Botsu'usen Chosei, ca.1830

oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 9 7/8 in., 37 by 25.2 cm

This print is from the early edition of this series published by Kagaya Kichiemon, the publisher of Kuniyoshi's circa 1827-30 Suikoden series, Tsuzoku Suikoden goketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori (The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden All Told). This series of twelve oban sheets, released around 1830 near the conclusion of the ambitious first series, illustrates all of the heroes presented concisely in groups of nine and categorized as either among the 'Thirty-six Heavenly ('Tenkosei') Stars in Four Sheets or one of the Seventy-two Earthly ('Chisatsusei') Stars in Eight Sheets. The publisher Ibaya Sensaburo issued a later edition using the same blocks with Kichiemon's publisher seal removed and with the watari censor seal.

References:
B. W. Robinson, Kuniyoshi, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1961, p. 37, appendix table C, no. 4 (series title)
Inge Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery: Kuniyoshi's Heroes of the Suikoden, 1998, p.31, p.195 (names of heroes); p. 185 Appendix I (on series)
Andreas Marks, Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium, 2011, p.186, seal no. 22-026
(inv. no. 10-5047)

price: $ 950

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