Toyonobu Utagawa, Hideyoshi Riding in the Night, New Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi

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Artist: Toyonobu Utagawa (1859-1896)
Title: Hideyoshi riding in the night
Series: The New Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Date: 1883
Size: (L)34.4 x 24.4 (R)34.3 x 24.5 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 reveals the rise to power of the legendary Hideyoshi Toyotomi and his famous vassals.

Toyonobu Utagawa


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
SubjectSamurai & Male
Dimensions(L)34.4 x 24.4 (R)34.3 x 24.5 cm
Condition ReportLight wear and soiling, paper residue on the left panel due to previous binding, light tears.
SeriesNewly selected history of Toyotomi Hideyoshi