Vintage Japanese Woodblock: “Sixty Generals of Japan, Toe Imagawa Sadayo”, 1866 by Utagawa Yoshitora


Utagawa Yoshitora (歌川 芳虎) was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints 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.[1] He was the oldest pupil of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, another very famous printmaker of the period.

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This print is by Utagawa Yoshitora (歌川 芳虎, act. 1836-82), from the series 大日本六十余将 Dai-Nippon rokujū yoshō (Great Japanese, sixty-some warriors), showing 今川 伊予守 貞世 Imagawa Inoyono kami Sadayo, of the Omi Province (遠江), dated to 1866.
The combined date and aratame examiner seal (shown right above the red Yoshitora name), 寅四改 the year of tiger, fourth month, aratame examined.
The publisher seal is 伊 通二 丸鉄 I, Tori Ni (abbreviated address), Marutetsu, in use 1849-75. This is the publisher Maruya Tetsujiro (丸屋 鉄次郎), in operation from ca. 1849-97, in the Nihonbashi and Kanda districts of Edo/Tokyo. The publisher is recorded as having published the Yoshitora series 大日本六十余将 Dai-Nippon rokujū yoshō in 1866.

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Weight 32 oz
Dimensions 18 × 24 × 2 in

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