Toyonobu Utagawa, Military Assembly, Warriors


Artist: Toyonobu Utagawa (1859-1886)
Title: Kato Kiyomasa organising the military assembly
Series: The New Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Date: 1883
Size: (L) 24.6 x 34.7 (R) 24.5 x 34.6 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

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 shows the rise to power of the legendary Hideyoshi Toyotomi and his famous vassals.


Shown here is one of Hideyoshi's powerful vassals, Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611) planning an upcoming battle with other officers. After losing both his parents by the age of 15 Kato joined Hideyoshi's army and quickly proved himself. He was one of the legendary Seven Spears of Shizugatake, Hideyoshi's mounted bodyguards at the battle of Shizugatake. He was a great warrior, and after receiving land for his efforts in battle, is said to have outlawed poetry so that his men would focus on martial matters. He would later betray Hideyoshi's son and support Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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) 24.6 x 34.7 (R) 24.5 x 34.6 cm
Condition ReportSome pinholes and restored tears. Paper partially thinned in some areas.
SeriesNewly selected history of Toyotomi Hideyoshi::Toyonobu Utagawa