Toyonobu Utagawa, Lord Sanada Masayuki with his Son, Warrior


Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toyonobu Utagawa (1859-1896)
Title: Lord Sanada Masayuki with his Son
Series: The New Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Date: 1883
Size: (L) 23.3 x 34.2 (R) 24.1 x 34.3 cm
Condition: Pinhole. Some torn areas restored on left margin of right panel.

This diptych is part of Toyonobu's famous series 'Shinsen Taikoki', translated as 'New selection of the biography of the Taiko (Hideyoshi Toyotomi)'. This series reveals the rise to power of the legendary Hideyoshi Toyotomi and his famous vassals.


Pictured in the diptych are legendary general Sanada Masayuki (1547-1611) and his son, the 'Crimson Demon of War' Sanada Yukimura (1567-1615). Originally a retainer of Takeda Shingen (1521-1573), Masayuki made a name for himself defending his home province from the Tokugawa clan after his Master's death. This led to him being recruited by Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1537-1598) as a vassal. He and his son would continue to be a thorn in the Tokugawa's side after Hideyoshi's death, but managed to keep their clan alive through careful planning and sending his elder son to join the Tokugawa forces.

Toyonobu Utagawa (1859 - 1896)

Toyonobu was one of the last heirs of the tradition of the Utagawa School. He was the grandson of Kunisada and the son of Kunihisa. His prints centre around the theme of warriors. One of his most successful series is ‘New Selection of the Biography of the Taiko’ (Hideyoshi Toyotomi). This series tell us the story of the ascension of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and his famous vassals.

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Print FormatDiptych
ArtistToyonobu Utagawa (1859 - 1896)
SubjectSamurai & Male
Size(L) 23.3 x 34.2 (R) 24.1 x 34.3 cm
SeriesNewly selected history of Toyotomi Hideyoshi::Toyonobu Utagawa