Sadahide Utagawa, Battle of Koromogawa, Warrior


Artist: Sadahide Utagawa (1807-1873)
Title: Battle of Koromogawa
Publisher: Yamamoto Heikichi
Date: c. 1864
Size: (R)25.4 x 36.6 cm (C) 25.2 x 36.6 cm (L) 25.2 x 36.6 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Utagawa Sadahide was an accomplished woodblock print designer. His real name was Hashimoto, but he also used art names of Gountei Sadahide and Gyokuransai Sadahide. He was one of the most talented students of Kunisada, best known for his Yokohama-e – images of Westerners stationed in the port of Yokohama. His experimented with panoramic perspective and bird’s eye- view to depict panoramas of Osaka, Kyoto and Nagasaki. His art was very appreciated by the contemporary and exhibited during the World Exhibition in Paris in 1867 alongside artists like Zeshin Shibata.


The Battle of Koromo River took place during the opening years of the Kamakura period (12th century) of Japan. After the destruction of the Heike, Minamoto no Yoshitsune conflicted with his brother Minamoto no Yoritomo, and fled into Hiraizumi, Mutsu Province.

Sadahide Utagawa (1807 - 1873)

A prolific but minor woodblock printmaker and illustrator, producing some theatrical prints in the Osaka manner as well as prints of traditional Japanese subjects and, after Yokohama was opened to the West, of contemporary industrial scenes and foreigners. Also made political cartoons and copied many works by earlier artists. His effective and decorative prints show the influence of Western perspective and chiaroscuro.

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistSadahide Utagawa (1807 - 1873)
SubjectSamurai & Male
Size(R)25.4 x 36.6 cm (C) 25.2 x 36.6 cm (L) 25.2 x 36.6 cm
Condition ReportTrimmed. Wear on the margins. Binding holes. Pencil marks on the back.