Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

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„Story of Loyal, Prominent and Faithful Samurai“ 
- Chūyū gishin roku, 忠雄義臣録 -
„Biographies of loyal and valour retainers“
- Chuyu gishin-den. Maki no ni -
by Kunisada I
and a very similar series by Kunisada II

 

last updated:

new pictures: 03/01/05

 

new information: 02/15/16

 

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Two very similar Kunisada Chushingura series, both designed around 1847/1850. 
From act 09 and act 06 three designs are existing, this will indicate that a third series is existing.
Kunisada´s ability to design landscapes is here clearly shown: some scenes of the story of the 47 Ronin were placed in nice landscapes.

Also shown is a Chushingura series from Kunisada II with similar design and also datable around 1847/50.

Many thanks to William Pearl who sent better images for the Kunisada I series and new images for the  Kunisada II series.

The series Biographies of loyal and valour retainers has been printed in many editions, first with a zigzag border in black and white representing the loyal retainers, later with a border with bats in small circular cartouches. The first editions of the series have been published by Yamadaya Shōjirō (including those with the changed borders), who obviously sold the printing plates to Izumiya Ichibei, who produced further editions (many thanks to Rolf Umersbach for the advice of the second publisher).

series by Kunisada I:
 
act 1 act 2
 
act 3 act 4
   
act 5 act 6
 
act 7 act 8
   
act 9 act 10
 
act 11 act 12
series by Kunisada II:
 
     

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Kunisada I

Story of Loyal, Prominent and Faithful Samurai Biographies of loyal and valour retainers
act 1
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N2

act 1
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

 
act 2
signature: Kunisada toneri Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N1

act 2
signature:  Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: N15

act 3
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N2

act 3
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

 
act 4
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N2

act 4
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

act 5
signature: Kunisada toneri Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N2

act 5
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

 
act 6
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N2

act 6
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

 
act 6
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: Bernhard Brinker

 
act 7
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N2

act 7
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

 
act 8
signature: Kunisada toneri Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N2

act 8
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl  

act 9
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N2

act 9
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

 
act 9
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N4

 
 
act 10
signature: Kunisada toneri Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N43

act 10
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

 
act 11
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: N1

act 11
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: William Pearl

act 12
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref.: William Pearl

act 12
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: Yamadaya Shōjirō
ref.: N1

Kunisada II

act 02
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: William Pearl

act 03
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: William Pearl

act 04
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N54

act 05
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N54

act 06
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N54

act 06 from a second series
signature: Utagawa Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: William Pearl

act 07
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N54

act 08
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: William Pearl

act 09
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N54

act 10
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N54

act 11
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N54

act 12
signature: Ichiyōsai Kunisada ga

size: ōban
censor seal: ?
date: ca. 1847
publisher: ?
ref.: N54

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