Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

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signature: Kunisada ga
from left: Watanabe Tsuna, Usui Sadamitsu, Sakata Kintoki, Urabe Suetake
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1810
pub: Nishimuraya Yohachi
ref: N10

signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1812
pub: Nishimuraya Yohachi
ref: ritsu 002-1306

signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1812
pub: Nishimuraya Yohachi
ref: ritsu 002-1460

signature: Kunisada ga
Oguri Hangan (小栗半官)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1810/12
pub: left variant: unidentified „kano“, right variant Nishimuraya Yohachi
ref: many thanks to Ger Hungerink
remarks: the left variant is without any doubt the earlier edition; the color plates are exactly matching with black outlines of the keyblock; probably the unidentified publisher who was active only a very short time around 1810, became insolvent and the printing plates were sold to Nishimuraya Yohachi;
it’s also probably but can’t be prooefed that the two following prints belongs to this print as part of a very early musha-e series by Kunisada
signature: Kunisada ga
man: Ōmori Hikoshichi (大森彦七)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1812
pub:  unidentified „kano“
ref: ritsu 002-1448 and the better image found by Robert Pryor
 
signature: Kunisada ga
Kumagai Jirō Naozane (熊谷次郎直実)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1810/12
pub: Nishimuraya Yohachi
ref: N115 

signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1812
pub: Iseya Magobei
ref: N43
signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: N115
signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: unread
ref: N115

signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (on top), Matsumoto Kōhirō V (left) and Iwai Hanshirō V as ???成田不動座像, こんがら童子 and せゐたか童子
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: Iwatoya Kisaburō
ref: ritsu 002-1664ff  (thanks to William Pearl for the advise)
 
 
title: Finding Kintoki at mount Ashigara (Ashigarayama toku Kintoki - 足柄山得公時図)
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Yamauba (山姥), Kaidōmaru (怪童丸), Watanabe no Tsuna (源次綱)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame, gyōji Hamakō (for Hamamatsuya Kōsuke) / variant b without gyōji seal
date: c. 1811-14
pub: Chōjiya Kichi, variant b publisher's logo erased
ref: thanks to Robert Pryor for variant a and b
 
title: Finding Kintoki at mount Ashigara (Ashigarayama toku Kintoki - 足柄山得公時図)
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Yamauba, Kaidōmaru (怪童丸), Watanabe no Tsuna (源次綱)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1810 (?)
pub: Iseya Magobei
ref: thanks to Robert Pryor 
 
variant 2 with other color scheme and with publisher seal
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Musashibō Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶) (left),  Iyo kami Minamoto no Yoshitsune (伊豫守源義経)
size: ōban
censor: no seal
date: c. 1815
pub: variant 1 no seal; variant 2 unidendified
ref: N116, N115
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Ushiwakamaru and Musashibō Benkei in combat on Gojo Bridge
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1811/14
pub: Iseya Magobei / gyōji seal: Iga (Igaya Kann’emon)
ref: N121-11.40129a-b
signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
Ushiwakamaru and Musashibō Benkei in combat on Gojo Bridge
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: Ōmiya Heihachi
ref: N115
title: 葭萌関 張飛 x馬超
signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
from left: enhito Zhang Fei (燕人張飛), xi liang Ma Chao (西涼馬超)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: Moriya Jihei
ref: N115
signature: Kunisada ga
Ōmori Hikoshichi (大森彦七)
size: chūban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: unreadable
ref: thanks to Robert Pryor for the image
title: Memorial/Dedication of the Great Buddha (Daibutsu Kuyō no zu - 大佛供養之圖)
The print depicts the historical, legendary recapture of the disguised Kagekiyo (armed with the naginata) by Shigetada at the 1185 “rededication of the Todai-ji Shrine” (Daibutsu Kuyo) following destruction in the Genpei War. The scene is depicted in the noh play of the same name, Daibutsu Kuyo, and the kabuki play Kagekiyo.
Kunisada obviously “borrowed“ his desing from the prints to the right: (center) Kagekiyo Attempts to Assassinate Yoritomo, from the book Ehon musha waraji (Picture Book: The Warrior's Sandals) 絵本武者鞋 景清と頼朝, attributed to: Kitao Shigemasa (1739–1820), 1787, hanshi bon size; (right) unsigned ōban print, published by Nishimuraya Yohachi, Katsukawa school
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban (one sheet of a multisheet composition)
heroe: Shoji Shigetada (荘司重忠), Shichibei Kagekiyo (七兵衛景清)
censor: kiwame with gyōji seal Iwato (= Iwatoya Kisaburō)
date: c. 1815
pub: Iseya Magobei
ref: thanks to Robert Pryor for the better image, the other images and the information
title: On Mount Kurama, Ushiwaka Diligently Practices Martial Arts (牛若鞍馬兵術励 - Ushiwaka Kurama ni te hyōjutsu ni hagemu)
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: Yamamotoya Heikichi / 2nd version by Izumiya Ichibei (it’s not clear which one was the first)
ref: thanks to Robert Pryor for the images
signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
Mukan-no-tayu Atsumori in the battle of Ichi-no-tani, , Kumagai Jirō Naozane
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: Iseya Rihei
ref: ritsu (number lost), N86 and left N81
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Modoribashi Tsuna henge (戻橋綱逢変化) ([Watanabe no] Tsuna’s apparition at the Modori-bridge), Ibaraki no oni (茨鬼)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: Ezakiya Kichibei
ref: N121-64.824

signature: Ichiyūsai Kunisada ga
The fighting match between Kawazu Saburō Sukeyasu (left) and Matano Gorō Kagehisa, refereed by Ebina Gempachi
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: N3, L52, N83
signature: Kunisada ga
size: ōban (most probably one sheet of a multisheet composition)
heroe: Urabe Suetake (卜部 季武)
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: no seal
ref: N142
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: two ōban
heroe: Matano Gorō Kagehisa (top), Sanada Yoichi Yoshisada
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1815
pub: unreadable
ref: RISD-Museum

signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa, Hachimantarō Yoshiie (1041-1108), Torimi Yasaburō Shigechika fighting in Oshū
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1820
pub: Yamaguchiya Tobei
ref: N10

signature: Kunisada ga
Minamoto Yorimasa (1106-1180) killing the nue with Choshichisho and Ii no Hayata
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: N10
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
hero: 辮慶安宅勸進帳讀
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1820
pub: Iseya Rihei
ref: ritsu 201-0993
title: Momotarō kaminari taiji (桃太郎雷退治)
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1820
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: N115
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban (a sheet of a multisheet composition)
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1820
pub: unreadable
ref: N115
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Kawazu Matano Akazawayama Sumo no Zu - view of the wrestling match between Kawazu and Matano at mount Akazama
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Iseya Rihei
ref: L52, p.?, N103
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
names: uemon no kashira (?) Fujiwara no Nobuyori (右衛門ノ頭藤原信頼) (left)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Yamaguchiya Tobei
ref: N43
title: 水滸伝 (Suikoden) - 呉用母夜叉三津五郎粂三郎
signature: ōjuKunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Ibaya Sensaburō
ref: N43
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Umino no Tarō Harumichi (海野々太郎春道), Gokyu no Kisanta (xxx喜三太)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Yamaguchiya Tobei
ref: N10

signature: Kunisada ga
from left: Raikō [= Minamoto Yorimitsu] (源頼光), Hirai Yasumasa (平井保昌), Sakata Kintoki (坂田金時), Watanabe no Tsuna (渡辺ノ綱)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: ?
ref: N57

signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
KanŽu aka (Azana wa) Unzo, Ryubi aka Gentoku and Chohi aka Yokutoku, heroes of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Tsuruya Kiemon
ref: N10

signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Hirai Hōshō, Hakamadare Yasusuke
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Iseya Rihei
ref: L128, p125
title: The night strike of the Soga brothers (yoda Soga no zu - 夜打曽我之圖[図])
signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Soga Gorō Tokimune (曽我五郎時宗), Soga Jūrō Sukenari (曽我十郎祐成); although the print is a musha-e, the two heroes wear the expressions of the actors Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (left) and Onoe Kikugorō III (right)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1830
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: print
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: N86
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
hero: Chinzei Hachirō Tametomo (xx八郎為朝xx)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: N3
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Bandō Minosuke II as Watonai
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: 3/1829
pub: Jōshūya Kinzō
ref: ritsu 002-0651
title: Image oft he old (?) Kawara War (ro (?) yo Kawara-gun to zu - 老(?)よ河原軍とズ)
Names (from left): Abo Hizen-no-Kami Tadazane (阿保肥前守忠寶(実)), Akiyama Shinkurodo Mitsumasa (秋山新蔵人光政)
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825/30
pub: ?
ref: N1
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
right: Kajiwara Kagetoki (梶原xx景時 生田社合戦xx)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825/30
pub: Yamaguchiya Tobei
ref: N115
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825/30
pub: Daikokuya Heikichi
ref: N115
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1825/30
pub: Ezakiya Tatsuzō
ref: N1
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Kumagai Jirō Naozane (熊谷次郎直実), Mukan no Tayū Atsumori (無官大夫敦盛)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1830
pub: Yamamotoya Heikichi (?)
ref: N115
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Yoshitsune - Night Attack at Horikawa
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1830/35
pub: Yamaguchiya Tobei
ref: many thanks to Robert Pryor for the better image
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Sasaki Takatsuna and Kajiwara Genta Kagesue in battle in the Uji River
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1830
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: N10

a musha-e as surimono
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
the chienese heroes Chang Fei, Liu Fei and Kuan Yu, taking their oath of loyalty
date: 1832, printed for the year of the dragon
ref.: N73, L52,p73 and Richard Illing

signature: xxx Hanabusa Ikkei hitsu (left), Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Benkei and Ushiwakamaru
fan painting
date: c. 1830
ref.: thanks to Guy for the image

signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Ushiwakamaru, Benkei
date: c: 1835
publisher: Ōmiya Heihachi
ref.: N115
title: The fulfiflment of Kansho's vow at Mt. Tempai (Kansho Tempaizan mangan no zu - 菅神天拝山満願ノ圖[図])
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Toneri no Umeomaru (舎人梅王丸), Kansho Sugawara ko (菅x相道真公)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1830/35
pub: Yamaguchiya Tobei
ref: N54
signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Tawara Toda (俵藤太) (= Fujiwara no Hidesato), Taira Shinno Masakado (平親王将門) (thanks to Robert Pryor for the reading)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1835
pub: Ōmiya Heihachi
ref: N115
      
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Taira Shinno Masakado (平親王将門); the design of the print was reused for or based on the print to the right, which is the right sheet of a kabuki diptych, depicting Ichikawa Ebizō V as shōgun Tarō (将軍太郎) in the play “Onikiri Marumi masu no kakutsuba“, performed at the Ichimura theatre in 11/1837
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1835
pub: Maruya Seijirō
ref: thanks to Robert Pryor for image and information
right half of a painting (from the Tikotin Museum, Haifa)
Ino Hayata Tadazumi killing the Nue (the Nue, an imaginary animal, was thougt to be the cause of the illness of Eperor Konoe [d. 1156]).
Inscription: "Painting by Toryu Ko Sukoku dedicated to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, copied by Kōchōrō Kunisada"
Drawing ink and colour
Thanks to Theo de Kreijger for image and informations
the same scene as above executed as print
Yorimasa (left) and Ino Hayata Tadazumi killing the Nue
signature: Sūkoku Kō hitsu Kōchōrō Kunisada hen zu
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1840
pub: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref: N3
signature: Sūkoku Kō hitsu Kōchōrō Kunisada hen zu
Musashibō Benkei and Ushiwakamaru (Minamoto Yoshitsune) at the Mii Inari Shrine
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1840
pub: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref: N115

signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
The wrestling match between Matano Gorō Kagehisa and Kawazu Saburō Sukeyasu
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1840
pub: Yamaguchiya Tobei
ref: L40, p.?, NDL
signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Kumagai and Atsumori in the battle of Ichinotani
painting on silk
date: c. 1840
ref: L108, p.159

signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1840
pub: Tsuruya Kiemon
ref: L77, p.?, N103

title: Picture of Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s departure for the front (Minamoto no Kurō Hangan Yoshitsune shutsujin no zu - 源九郎判官義経出陣図)
signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1840
pub: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref: N115, L128, p124
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Ōya Mitsu-xx (大宅光任), shōgun Tarō [Yoshikado] (将軍 太郎)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1840
pub: Jōshūya Kinzō
ref: N43
signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1840
pub: no seal
ref: N1
title: The Life of Yoshitsune (Yoshitsune ichidaiki no uchi - 義経一代記の内)
signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Kurō Onzōshi Ushiwakamaru (九郎御曹司牛若丸), Yoshimori no tsuma Hamahagi (よし盛の妻浜荻), Ise no Saburō Yoshimori, son of Yoshitsura (義つらの一子伊勢三郎義盛)
size: ōban
censor: kiwame
date: c. 1843
pub: Jōshūya Kinzō
ref: N121-11.40078a-c
title: Mirror of brave millitary guards in Kamakura (Kamakura Buei Yoshi Kagami)
signature: Kōchōrō/ōju Ichiyōsai/Kunisada aratame nidaime Toyokuni ga
from right: Iyo-no-kami Yoshitsune, Udaisho Yoritomo-ko, Mikawa-no-kami Noriyori
size: ōban
censor: ?
date: c. 1844
pub: Fujiokaya Keijirō
ref: N81

title: Heike Musha Kagami
signature: Kōchōrō/Ichiyōsai (ōju) Toyokuni ga
Shin Chunagon Tomomori, Daijo-daijin Taira no Kiyomori, Komatsu Naidanjin shigemori
size: ōban
censor: ?
date: c. 1844
pub: Fujiokaya Keijirō
ref: N81
title: Soga monogatari keshozaka no kazari
signature: Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga
Soga Jūrō Sukenari, Wada (right sheet)
size: ōban
censor: ?
date: 1844
pub: Kawaguchiya Uhei
ref: N86
title: Soga monogatari keshozaka no kazari
signature: Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga
Soga Gorō Tokimune, Soga Jūrō Sukenari, Tora Gozen
size: ōban
censor: ?
date: 1844
pub: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref: N82
 
title: Soga monogatari keshozaka no kazari
signature: Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga
Soga Gorō Tokimune (曽我五郎時致), Hōjō Shirō Tokimasa (北條四郎時政), Soga Jūrō Sukenari (曽我十郎祐成)
size: ōban
censor: ?
date: 1844
pub: Yamamotoya Heikichi
ref: N155-1529-01~3
 
signature: Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga
size: ōban
censor: ?
date: 1844
pub: Fujiokaya Hikotarō
ref: N86
title: Oguri Hangan Kaneuji visiting his wife Terute
signature: Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga
size: ōban
censor: Mura
date: 1844
pub: Sōshūya Yohei
ref: N82
description: Munechika Forging a Sword
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga / Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga
size: ōban
censor: Hama
date: 1844
pub: Shimizuya Tsunejirō
ref: N97-006-1246f
 
description: Munechika Forging a Sword
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga / ōju Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
size: ōban
censor: Mera, Murata
date: 1847/49
pub: unidentified “Sagamicho“
ref: L71, p. 166
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu
Choki, the demon queller
size: ōban
censor: ??
date: c. 1847
pub: unread
ref: N58
signature: Ichiyosai/Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
Yorimasa and Tadazumi kill the Nue as Ayome watches
size: ōban
censor: ??
date: c. 1847
pub: Yamaguchiya Tobei
ref: N14
Yorimasa (left) and Ino Hayata Tadazumi killing the Nue
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga
size: ōban
censor: Kinugasa, Yoshimura
date: c. 1847
pub: unidentified “Fuku“
ref: Geoff Dunn
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
names: dō x ko Masatsura (同x子正行), Kusunoki Kawachi-hangan Masashige (楠河内判官正成)
Robert Pryor: Kusunoki Masashige bids farewell to his son Masatsura before his final battle, both eventually died for the emperor during the Kenmu Restoration and Northern and Southern Courts period.
size: ōban
censor: ??
date: c. 1847
pub: ?
ref: N75
signature: Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
Tomoe Gozen fighting Hatekayama no Shigetada (painting on silk)
painting on paper
date: c. 1850
ref: L108, p.162
signature: Hanabusa Ittai ko (?) Toyokuni hitsu
size: ōban
date: 5/1854
pub: Kiya Sōjirō
ref: N43
signature: Toyokuni ga
names (from left): Konoha Tengu (木の葉天狗), onzōshi Ushiwakamaru (御曹子牛若丸), Kuramayama no sō Shōbō (鞍馬山ノ僧正坊)
size: ōban
date: 11/1856
pub: Daikokuya Heikichi
ref: thanks to Robert Pryor for the image

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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) - series and prints