|Dimensions||Ôban tate-e triptych [Each sheet ~15.6 x 10.7 inches]|
Signature: Yoshitora ga
A print of a battle from the Taiheiki on Mount Yoshino. The Taiheiki (Chronicle of Great Peace) is a Japanese historical epic written in the late 14th century. It deals primarily with the Nanboku-chō, the period of war between the Northern Court of Ashikaga Takauji in Kyoto, and the Southern Court of Emperor Go-Daigo in Yoshino.
Utagawa Yoshitora (fl. ca. 1840s-80s) (originally Kinchōrō Yoshitora) lived and worked in Edo (the ancient name for Tokyo). He was considered one of the best pupils of Kuniyoshi. As an artist, Yoshitora was a prolific printmaker and illustrator whose work covered a broad range of subjects including warrior and war prints (musha-e and senso-e), "large-head" (okubi-e) actor portraits, prints of beautiful women (bijinga), prints of Japan's modernization (kaika-e), humorous prints (giga) and, most famously, Yokohama-e, prints depicting Westerners and their technological advances, of which he designed over one hundred and fifty. Throughout his career Yoshitora collaborated with other artists on various prints and print series, such as his work with Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904) and Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889) on Famous Views of Modern Tokyo (Tokyo kaika meisho no uchi), 1873 and Utagawa Kunisada I's (1786–1865) so-called Kinshodo Edition of Large-Head Actor Portraits (Kinshodo-ban yakusha okubi-e).
Condition: Trimmed to image. Some creasing. Some binding holes to sides.