|Artist||Utagawa Yoshitora (fl. ca. 1840s-80s)|
|Published||1847-52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)|
|Dimensions||Vertical ôban triptych [Each sheet ~15.6 x 10.7 inches]|
Publisher: Yamashiroya Jinbei
Signature: Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga (on each sheet)
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
A wonderful depiction of Chinzei Hachirô Tametomo (centre holding a fan) aboard a boat with with Oniyasha as his guide standing at the prow. The roof, sails, and prow of the boat all bear the crest of the Minimoto clan.
Chinzei Hachirô Tametomo (1139 - April 23 1170) was a samurai warrior who fought in the Hogan Rebellion of 1156.
Utagawa Yoshitora (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: Good impression. Several repaired worm holes, light rubbing to bottom edges, light soiling, slight fading.