Was a designer of ukiyo-e. And an illustrator of books and newspapers who was active from about 1850 to about 1880. He was born in Edo. (modern Tokyo), but neither his date of birth nor date of death is known. He was the oldest pupil of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Who excelled in prints of warriors, kabuki. Actors, beautiful women, and foreigners Yokohama-e. He may not have seen any of the foreign scenes he depicted. Yoshitora was prolific: he produced over 60 print series and illustrated over 100 books. In 1849 he produced an irreverent print called Dke musha: Miyo no wakamochi (“Funny WarriorsOur Ruler’s New Year’s Rice Cakes”), which depicts Oda Nobunaga. Rice cakes for the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. A poem by Sawaya Kkichi accompanies it, reading “Kimi ga yo wo tsuki katametari haru no mochi” (“Tamping down the reign firm and solid like spring rice cakes”). Censors interpreted the print as a criticism of authority and had Yoshitora manacles for fifty days. Soon after Yoshitora was expelled from Kuniyoshi’s studio, possibly due to the print, but he continued to produce illustrations prolifically. From the 1860s Yoshitora produced Yokohama-e pictures of foreigners amid rapid modernization that came to Japan after the country was opened to trade. He collaborated on a number of landscape series, and in the Meiji period. That began in 1868 he also worked in newspapers. The last of his known works appeared in 1882. Print Size : OBAN Large size. About 13.9 x 18.4. On the faster side during off peak traveling seasons and slower and more unpredictable during high traveling seasons. We are off on Saturday, Sunday (Japan time) and National holidays in Japan. So we’ll be late for the answering questions. Thank you for your understanding. International Buyers Please Note. These charges are the buyers responsibility. The item “Orig YOSHITORA EDO Antique JAPANESE Woodblock Diptych Print SAMURAI Battle” is in sale since Friday, February 3, 2017. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints”. The seller is “edokura” and is located in Chiba. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Color: Multi-Color
- Type: Woodblock Print
- Primary Material: Washi Paper
- Age: 1850-1853 (Kasei)
- Region of Origin: Japan
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Signed: Yositoraga