Toyonobu Utagawa, Warriors, Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi


Artist: Toyonobu Utagawa (act. 1859-1886)
Title: Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi
Series: The New Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Date: 1883
Dimensions: (L) 24.6 x 34.7, (R) 24.6 x 34.7 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.


Oda Nobunaga (1534-1558) sits majestically with his men covered in magnificent pelts of bear and wild boar. Kneeling before them is the commoner Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), who will soon take over Nobunaga's position as the most powerful man in Japan. Arguably, Hideyoshi achieved this through his bravery and military wit. Here he interrupts Nobunaga's hunting trip just to get a meeting with the famed warlord. Outraged, Nobunaga's right-hand men rebuke the lowborn man for his audacity.

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) 24.6 x 34.7 cm
Condition ReportSome restored corners, tears and holes. Some wear around the margins. A thin layer of backing.
SeriesNewly selected history of Toyotomi Hideyoshi::Toyonobu Utagawa