Utagawa Toyonobu (歌川豊宣), 1859–1886

Shinsen Taikōki (新撰太閤記) - Newly Selected Records of Taikō, also Newly Biography of Taikō

Utagawa Toyonobu was born in the 11th month of 1859 and died August 10, 1886. He was the eldest son of Utagawa Kunihisa II, who was married to a daughter Kunisada’s I; his younger brother was Utagawa Kunimine (see the entry on "ukiyo-e-shi sōran" (浮世絵師総覧), "Complete Bibliography of ukiyo-e Artists" (Japanese),  http://www.ne.jp/asahi/kato/yoshio/aiueo-zenesi/to-zenesi/toyonobu-koutyou.html). As good as nothing is known about his life. Mostly he worked as an illustrator of contemporary woodblock printed books (ehon). In addition, there are some color woodblock prints, mostly musha-e triptychs, known and his print series "Shinsen Taikōki", designed as diptychs, which is considered his main work.

The woodblock print series "Shinsen Taikōki" illustrates significant events in the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a Japanese military commander and politician who has contributed significantly to the unification of modern Japan after the ongoing Sengoku civil wars. In addition to Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu he is considered in Japan as one of the three "great unifiers".

Shown are scenes from the life of Hideyoshi from his early childhood to the height of his power in the early 1590s, when he resigned as kanpaku and adopted the title taikō. His last years, the campaigns against Korea and his death are not shown.

Of the currently known prints (as of 10/2019) 46 are designed as ōban diptychs. Four scenes are hexaptychs and one is designed as a tetraptych. In addition, there is another diptych, which depicts the siege of a castle, contains no text cartridge for description and can’t be assigned to any of the known prints as multi-sheet composition (see no. 51). Whether additional sheets with a text cartridge have been produced for this print is unclear.

One of the diptych dates from 1885, three date from 1884, two have forgotten the date, one print has only the "10" printed for the year, and the one-digit number of the date was obviously forgotten when cutting the printing plate; all others are from different months of the year 1883.

On print no. 39 Kobayashi  Kiyochika signed as a second artist. His signature on this print reads "Gekirō Kiyochika ho", obviously meaning that he assisted in designing the waves of the stormy sea.

The to the series belonging mokuroku (table of contents) has no date; thus it remains unclear whether it was made before, during or only after the completion of the prints. It describes a total of 50 episodes from the life of Hideyoshi in two rows. The two rows themselves are each divided into a descriptive image title and a short explanatory text above. The descriptive captions are not repeated in the text cartouches of the prints themselves; the assignment of the prints to the order given in the table of contents results from the respective text cartridges and the scenes shown.

As apart from the unassignable diptych 51 stations from Hideyoshi's life are shown, at least one station is not included in the table of contents. However, this can be chronolocially arranged in the image sequence due to the scene shown (see no. 31 a).

The series was published by 11 publishers: Morimoto Junzaburō, Yamamotoya Heikichi (here under the names Yamato Heikichi and Matsuki Heikichi), Arai Kizaburō, Takekawa Seikichi, Sasaki Toyokichi, Hayashi Kichizō, Kobayashi Tetsujirō, Fukuda Kumajirō, Tsunajima Kamekichi, Ueki Rinnosuke and Hara Taneaki.

The text cartouches of the prints contain three sections: on the right, the series title, in the middle a narrative text on the scene shown, and on the left, a motto relating to the scene depicted.

Some representations of Toyonubo may have been borrowed from other Edo-era artists. See, for example, Utagawa Sadahide's depictions of "yūshin eimei hyaku yūden" written by Chikazawa Kōzan in 1863 (勇臣英名百雄伝 - Courageous Retainers - Stories of 100 Heroes). Compare no. 37 right and no. 33.

In his pictorial design, Toyonobu unites traditional Japanese elements with Western stylistic features. In particular, the use of perspective and the manner in which people and animals are portrayed appear modern on prints for their time in Japan, and the powerful dynamics of many of the series' portrayals are unique and impressive in contemporary Japanese printmaking.

The prints are elaborately made. For cutting the printing plates, the best woodcutters of their time were commissioned, the colors are carefully applied and there are different printing techniques such as varnish application, polishing, blind printing and mica printing.

Since many of the prints are in very good color quality, they were obviously kept in albums and only recently separated from these and circulated as a scattered diptych. Whether the contemporary publishers of the series have already tackled a joint book edition of the prints, is not known.

Toyonobu-Taikoki-mokuroku 
text title: 新撰太閤記 - 圖會目録; Shinsen Taikōki - zue mokuroku; Newly Selected Records of Taikō (= Toyotomi Hideyoshi) - index of images
signature: Ichiyōsai Toyonobu ega (一陽斎豊宣畫), seal below signature: xxxx, text right beside the signature: Yanagishima ko Toyokuni no mago (柳嶋 故 豐國之孫) - grandson of the Late Toyokuni from Yanagishima
date: no date
format: 2 ōban
publisher: xx間(?)屋   同盟店上梓 (right sheet, botton) - xxx ya dōmai-ten yōshi, red seal below: ?; botton left sheet in red bordure: red seal „小林“ - Kobayashi [Tetsujirō], yellow seal: ?
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Okazaki 
sequence: 01
title mokuroku: 岡崎ノ路遊 - Okazaki no royū - play in the road at Okazaki
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 栴檀は二葉より芳し (left column) - sendan ha futaba yori kanba shi - sandalwood scents from the time of germination [a parabel that means that people who are successful are excellent from their childhood]
names: 日吉丸 - Hiyoshimaru (left sheet) [name of Toyotomi Hideyoshi during his youth]; 徳川竹千代 (right sheet) - Tokugawa Takechiyo [name of Tokugawa Ieyasu during his youth]
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 6th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Morimoto Junzaburō (森本順三郎)
carver: hori kō Yatarō (Watanabe Yatarō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-matsushita 
sequence: 02
title mokuroku: 松下ノ道塲 - Matsushita no dōjō - the dōjō of Matsushita
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: left column: 一心の励(はげみ)未(いまだ)学ばざるに能くその術を得る - Isshin no hagemi imada manabazaru ni yoku sono jutsu o eru - (With the Help of Singlemindedness, Even One Who Has Not Yet Learned Can Display Skill in an Art (Text by MfA Boston, accession number 50.2922a-b)
names: 川島守市 (left, left sheet) - Kawajima Moriichi (?), 木下藤吉郎 (top, left sheet) - Konoshita Tōkichirō; 松下嘉兵衛 (right sheet) - Matsushita Kahei
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 7th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Yamato Heikichi (山木平吉)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Fujikawa 
sequence: 03
title mokuroku: 富土川ノ功名 - Fujikawa no kōmyō - (gaining) fame at river Fuji
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 木下藤吉郎高吉 (left sheet) - Konoshita Tōkichirō Takayoshi (?); 伊東日向守 (right sheet) - Itō Hyūga kami
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 6th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Arai Kizaburō (荒井喜三郎)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Nobunaga 
sequence: 04
title mokuroku: 信長ノ狩場 - Nobunaga no kaba - the hunting ground of Nobunaga
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 織田上總介信長 (top, left sheet) - Oda Kazusanosuke Nobunaga, 佐久間左エ門尉信盛 (bottom, left sheet) - Sakuma Saemon jō Nobumori; 柴田權六勝家 (top, right sheet) - Shibata Gonroku Katsuie, 木下藤吉郎高吉 (right, right sheet) - Konoshita Tōkichirō Takayoshi (?)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 8th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Takekawa Seikichi (武川清吉)
carver: hori Gin (Asai Ginjirō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Fujiishi 
sequence: 05
title mokuroku: 藤井氏卜結婚 - Fujiishi boku kekkon
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 木下藤吉郎 (left sheet) - Konoshita Tōkichirō; 前田犬千代 (top, right sheet) - Maeda Inuchiyo, 藤井の女 (right, right sheet) - Fujii no onna (woman of the [house] Fujii)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: 11th month, Meiji 17 (1884)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Sasaki Toyokichi (佐ヶ木豐吉)
carver: hori Tatsu (Tatsu)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Sagaki 
sequence: 06
title mokuroku: 佐ヶ木家ニ使ス - Sagaki ieni shisu
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 丈夫相心ヲ咨ル (left column)
names: 佐々木義秀 (left) - Sagaki Yoshihide; 木下藤吉 (right) - Kinoshita Tōkichirō
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Tsunajima Kamekichi (綱島亀吉)
carver: hori Kame (Kamekichi)
notes:
collection: no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Atsutamiya 
sequence: 07
title mokuroku: 熱田宮ノ奇瑞 - Atsutamiya no kizui - good omen at the Atsuta shrine
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 木下藤吉郎 (left, rigth sheet) - Konoshita Tōkichirō; 織田信長 (right, right sheet) - Oda Nobunaga
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: 6th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hayashi Kichizō (林吉蔵)
carver: unreadable
notes:
collection: no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Okehazama 
sequence: 08
title mokuroku: 桶狭間合戦(戰) - Okehazama kassen - the battle of Okehazama
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 磐をも砕く必死の刃 (left column) - iwa o mo kudaku hisshi no ha - a desperate blade that breaks the spear
names: 江间左京 (new: 江間左京) (left, left sheet) - Ema Sakyō, 宍戸弥五郎友辰 (top center, left sheet) - Shishito (?) Yagorō Tomotatsu (?); 前田犬千代 - Maeda Inuchiyo (right sheet)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 6th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujirō (小林鉄次郎)
carver: hori kō Muneoka (Muneoka Nobukichi)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Hitoshi 
sequence: 09
title mokuroku: 同首實撿 - Hitoshi (?) kubijikken - Hitoshi, severed heads
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 木下藤吉郎 (left) - Konoshita Tōkichirō;  織田信長 (right) - Oda Nobunaga
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: no date
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō (福田熊次郎)
carver: hori Yata (Watanabe Yatarō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Kurikomayama 
sequence: 10
title mokuroku: 栗原山ノ閑居 - Kurikomayama no kankyo - quiet retreat at mount Kurikoma
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: column left: 有徳者必有言 - Toku aru mono wa kanarazu kotoba ari - A Man of Virtue Speaks Good Words (Text by MfA Boston, accession number 50.2923a-b)
names: 木下秀吉 (left) - Kinoshita Hideyoshi; 竹中重治 (right) - Takenaka Shigeharu
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: 6th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Tsunajima Kamekichi (綱島亀吉)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Sunomatajo 
sequence: 11
title mokuroku: 洲股城ニ近親(?)招待 - Sunomatajō ni kinshin (?) shōtai
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 一人の光栄類巣を満す (text left coloumn),
names: 木下藤吉 - Kinoshita Tōkichirō (top left, left sheet), 鍛冶工五郎助 (right bottom, left sheet) - tanyaku [= smith] Gorōsuke;  木下母 後之(?)天瑞寺 夫人ト云 (top left, right sheet) - Kinoshita haha [= mother], kō no Tenzuiji fujin toun,  木下姊 後之(?)瑞竜寺 夫人ト云 Kinoshita shi [= wife], kō no Zuiryōji fujin toun, 中村小一郎 秀吉郎 秀長 (bottom rigt, right sheet) - Nakamura Koichirō, Hideyoshirō, Hidenaga
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Ueki Rinnosuke (植木林之助)
carver: hori Ryū
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Horio Mosuke 
sequence: 12
title mokuroku: 堀尾茂助ノ勇力 - Horio Mosuke no yūryoku - the courage of Horio Mosuke (= Horio Yoshiharu)
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 稲葉山城 (top center, left sheet) - Inabayamajō - castle Inabayama; 蜂須賀小六 (leftmost, right sheet) Hachisuka Koroku (= Hachisuka Masakatsu), 堀尾茂助吉晴 (center top, right sheet) - Horio Mosuke Yoshiharu, 木下秀吉 (3rd  from right, right sheet) - Kinoshita Hideyoshi
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō (福田熊次郎)
carver: hori Yata (Watanabe Yatarō)
notes:
collection: no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Inabayama 
sequence: 13
title mokuroku: 稲葉山落城 - Inabayama rakujō - the surrender of the castle at mount Inaba
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 瓢の徳大なる哉 (left column)
names: 羽柴筑前守 (left) - Hashiba Chikuzen (no) kami; 同小一郎秀長 (right) - dō [meaning here: Hashiba] Koichirō Hidenaga
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 9th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Takekawa Seikichi (武川清吉)
carver: hori Sen
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Yoshiaki 
sequence: 14
title mokuroku: 義昭箕作城逃走 - Yoshiteru Mitsukurijō tōsō - Yoshiteru’s getaway from castle Mitsukuri
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 不義の計略的中せず (left column at Harashobo); 不義の計画 適中せず - Fugi no keikaku tekichū sezu - Immoral Plans Do Not Succeed (Text by MfA Boston, accession number 50.2924a-b)
names: 三淵大和守藤秀 (left, left sheet) - Mitsubuchi Yamato (no) kami Fujihide; 長岡兵部太夫孝逋(?) (bottom, left sheet) - Nagaoka Hyōbu taiyū (??), 新公方足利義昭 (top, right sheet) - Shin Kubō Ashikaga Yoshiteru, 和田伊賀 守惟政 (right, right sheet) - Wada Iga kami Korimasa - Wada Iga, custodian of Korimasa
date: Meiji 10, this would be 1877, on two copies I got only the „十“ for ten was printed, most probably a mistake by the carver
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hara Taneaki (原胤昭)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Asakajo 
sequence: 15
title mokuroku: - 阿阪城ノ勇戦(戰) - Asakajō no yūsen - brave fight at castle Asaka
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 大宮大之丞 (left) Ōmiya Dainosuke; 木下藤吉郎秀吉 (right) - Kinoshita Tōkichirō Hideyoshi
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 7th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō (福田熊次郎)
carver: hori Yata (Watanabe Yatarō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Kimura Inoue 
sequence: 16
title mokuroku: 木村井上ノ争鬪 - Kimura Inoue no sōtō - the fight of Kimura and Inoue
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 木村又藏 (left sheet) - Kimura Matazō; 井上大九郞 (left, right sheet) - Inoue Taikurō, 加藤虎之助清正 (right, right sheet) - Katō Toranosuke Kiyomasa
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Takekawa Seikichi (武川清吉)
carver: hori Gin
notes:
collection: yes
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sequence: 17
title mokuroku: 姊川大合戦 - Anegawa ōkassen - the huge battle at Anegawa
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: left diptych: 織田信長公 (left top, left sheet) - Oda Nobunaga kō, 竹中久作 (right bottom, left sheet) Takenaka Kyūsaku (= Takenaka Shigenori), 遠藤喜右衛門 Endō Kizaemon (= Endō Naotsune); center diptych: 島田権左衛門 (left, left sheet) Shimada Gonzaemon, 木村又藏 (top, left sheet) - Kimura Matazō, 上村新九郞 (right, right sheet) - Uemura Shin(?)kurō; right diptych: 真柄十郎左衛門直隆 (left) - Magara Jūrōzaemon Naotaka, 本多平八郎忠勝 (right) - Honda Heihachirō Tadakatsu
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画), left and right diptych with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883) (all)
format: 3 x 2 ōban
publisher: Arai Kizaburō (荒井喜三郎) (all)
carver: no seal (all)
notes:
collection: yes/no/yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Menjo Shoshuke 
sequence: 18
title mokuroku: 毛受勝助ノ勇猛 - Menjō Shōsuke no yūmō - the bravery of Menjō Shōsuke (= Menjō Katsusuke)
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: left column: 寧可玉碎 何能瓦全 - Mushiro tama to natte kudake, nanzo yoku kawara mattaku o - Better a Shattered Vessel of Jade Than an Unbroken Piece of Pottery (Text by MfA Boston, accession number 50.2928a-b)
names: 山田藤太夫 (left) - Yamada Fujidayu; 毛受勝助照景 (right) - Menju Katsusuke Terukage
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hara Taneaki (原胤昭)
carver:  hori Gin
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Kyogokuchi 
sequence: 19
title mokuroku: 京極家ノ山居 - Kyōgokuchi no sankyo - the familiy Kyōgoku living in the mountains
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 木下藤吉郎秀吉 - Kinoshita Tōkichirō Hideyoshi
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 6th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujirō (小林鉄次郎)
carver: hori kō Muneoka (Muneoka Nobukichi)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Nagashino 
sequence: 20
title mokuroku: 長篠合戰 - Nagashino kassen - the battle of Nagashino
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 馬場美濃守 - Baba Mino no kami (= Baba Nobuharu)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Morimoto Junzaburō (森本順三郎)
carver: hori kō Yatarō (Watanabe Yatarō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Ogo no rokyo 
sequence: 21
title mokuroku: 小合ノ篭居 - Ogō no rōkyo - the seclude residence of Ogō (other names of Ogō are Oeyo, Gō, Satoko and here in the print Oyae)
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 奥方於八重 (left) - okugata Oyae - lady Oyae, 羽柴秀吉 (right) - Hashiba Hideyoshi
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: 10th month, Meiji 18 (1885)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō (福田熊次郎)
carver: hori Yata (Watanabe Yatarō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Tottorijo 
sequence: 22
title mokuroku: 鳥取城滞陣 - Tottorijō taijin - encampment at castle Tottori
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 加藤虎之助 (center right, left sheet) - Katō Toranosuke (= Katō Kiyomasa); 羽柴秀吉 (bottom, right sheet) - Hashiba Hideyoshi, 片桐助作 (center top, right sheet) - Katagiri Sukesaku, 福島市松 (top right, right sheet) - Fukushima Ichimatsu (= Fukushima Masanori)
signature: ōju Toyonobu ga (応需豊宣画)
date: Meiji 17 (1884)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Morimoto Junzaburō (森本順三郎)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Shoshazan 
sequence: 23
title mokuroku: 書冩山ノ軍略 - Shoshazan no gunryaku - strategy at mount Shosha
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: left column: 妙手の眼ハ盤中に普し - Myōshu no manako wa banchū ni amaneshi - The Eyes of the Skilful Player Comprehend the Entire Board (Text by MfA Boston, accession number 50.2925a-b)
names: 黒田勘兵衛尉孝高 (left) - Kuroda Kanbe jō Yoshitaka, 書写山 (center, left sheet) - mount Shosha; 羽柴筑前守秀吉 (right) - Hashiba Chikuzen (no) kami Hideyoshi
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hayashi Kichizō (林吉蔵)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Ueda rojo 
sequence: 24
title mokuroku: 上田籠城 - Ueda rōjō - holding of castle Ueda
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 真田 幸村 (left, left sheet) - Sanada Yukimura, 真田昌幸 (right, left sheet) - Sanada Masayuki; 穴山小助 (left, right sheet) - Anayama Kosuke, 海野六郎 (right, right sheet) - Unno Rokurō
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Yamato Heikichi (山木平吉)
carver: hori kō Tatsu (Tatsu)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Akechi 
sequence: 25
title mokuroku: 明智ノ讒言 - Akechi no zangen - defamation of Akechi
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 明智曰向守光秀 (left) - Akechi hiuga (no) kami Mitsuhide; 織田信長公 (top, right sheet) - Oda Nobunaga kō, 森蘭丸 (right, right sheet) - Mori Ranmaru
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 6th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujirō (小林鉄次郎)
carver: hori kō Muneoka (Muneoka Nobukichi)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Azuchi 
sequence: 26
title mokuroku: 安土ノ刺客 - Azuchi no shikaku - the assassin of Azuchi
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 真鍋六郎太夫 (top left, left sheet) - Manabe Rokurō taiyū; 森蘭丸 (top left, right sheet) - Mori Ranmaru, 織田信長 (top right, right sheet) - Oda Nobunaga, 森坊丸 (bottom rigth, right sheet) - Mori Bōmaru
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hara Taneaki (原胤昭)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: no
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sequence: 27
title mokuroku: 高松城水攻 - Takamatsujō mizuzeme - inundating castle Takamatsu
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 清水長左衛門尉宗治 (left) - Shimizu Chōzaemon jō Muneharu; 堀尾茂助吉晴 (right) - Horio Mosuke Yoshiharu
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画), right diptych with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883) (both)
format: 2 x 2 ōban
publisher: Ueki Rinnosuke (植木林之助) (both)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: no/yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Honnoji 
sequence: 28
title mokuroku: 本能寺合戦 - Honnōji kassen - the battle at Honnō temple
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 森蘭丸 (left sheet) - Mori Ranmaru; 安田作兵衛 (center, right sheet) - Yasuda Kunitsugu, 阿能 ノ局 (top right, right sheet) - Anō no tsubone - courtlady Anō
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 5th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hayashi Kichizō (林吉蔵)
carver: hori kō Muneoka (Muneoka Nobukichi)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Mitsuhide 
sequence: 29
title mokuroku: 光秀ノ述懐 - Mitsuhide no jukkai - recollection of Mitsuhide
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 明智左馬之助 (top, left sheet) - Akechi Samanosuke (= Akechi Hidemitsu); 四方田伹馬守 (new: 四方田但馬守) (bottom, left sheet) - Yomoda Tajima (no) kami (other reading Shioten/Shioden Masataka); 明智秀満 - Akechi Hidemitsu (rigth sheet)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Ueki Rinnosuke (植木林之助)
carver: hori Ryū
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Chugoku 
sequence: 30
title mokuroku: 中国一騎駆(?, old kanji no longer in use) - Chūgoku ikkiku (?) - horseman ride in China
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 羽柴筑前守秀吉 - Hashiba Chikuzen (no) kami Hideyoshi
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hara Taneaki (原胤昭)
carver: hori Gin (Asai Ginjirō)
notes:
collection: no
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sequence: 31
title mokuroku: 山崎大合戰 - Yamazaki ōkassen - the huge battle at Yamazaki
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: left diptych: 福島正則 (top, left sheet) - Fukushima Masanori, 桂市兵衞 (bottom left, right sheet) - Keiichi Hyoue (?), 蟹江才蔵 (right, right sheet) - Kanie Saizō (= Kani Saizō, 可児才蔵); center diptych: 加藤虎之助清正 (top right, left sheet) - Katō Toranosuke Kiyomasa, 近藤半助 (bottom, right sheet) - Kondō Hansuke, 中川清秀 (top, right sheet) - Nakagawa Kiyohide; right diptych: 丹羽五郎左エ門長秀 (left sheet) Niwa Gorōemon Nagahide
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画), center and right diptych with Toshidama seal
date: 6th month, Meiji 16 (1883) (all)
format: 3 x 2 ōban
publisher: Tsunajima Kamekichi (綱島亀吉) (all)
carver: hori Kame (Kamekichi) (all)
notes:
collection: yes/yes/yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Toranosuke 
sequence: 31 a, not listed in the mokuroku, but chronolocially this diptych matches here
title mokuroku: not included
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: left: 加藤虎之助 - Katō Toranosuke (= Katō Kiyomasa); right: 四方田伹馬守 (new: 四方田但馬守) - Yomoda Tajima (no) kami (other reading Shioten/Shioden Masataka) 
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Takekawa Seikichi (武川清吉)
carver: hori Gin (Asai Ginjirō)
notes: In the battle of Yamazaki that was fought between Mitsuhide and Hideyoshi, Yomoda/Shioden is said to have fought with and have been killed by Katō Kiyomasa. For information about the story see here: https://prabook.com/web/tajima-no-kami.shioten/3747233
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Ogurisu 
sequence: 32
title mokuroku: 小栗栖ノ辞世 - Ogurisu no jisei - the death poem at Oguri’s shelter
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 明智光秀 (left) - Akechi Mitsuhide (left), 溝尾勝兵衛 (right) Mizo’o Shōbei (= Akechi Shigetomo)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Arai Kizaburō (荒井喜三郎)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Biwako 
sequence: 33
title mokuroku: 琵琶湖ノ乗切 - Biwako no noriki - hold out at lake Biwa
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 明智左馬之介 - Akechi Samanosuke (= Akechi Hidemitsu)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Ueki Rinnosuke (植木林之助)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Mitono 
sequence: 34
title mokuroku: 三戸野ノ山居- Mitono no sankyo - living in the mountains at Mitono
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 光風動春 (text left column) - kōfū dōshun (?) - a kind and gratefull heart (?)
names: 明智光秀女 - Akechi Mitsuhide onna - the wife of Akechi Mitsuhide
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō (福田熊次郎)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Hideyoshi 
sequence: 35
title mokuroku: 秀吉ノ耐忍 - Hideyoshi no tainin - endure of Hideyoshi
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 柔能勢剛 (left column)
names: 佐久間信盛 - Sakuma Nobumori (left); 柴田勝家 - Shibata Katsuie (center); 羽柴秀吉 - Hashiba Hideyoshi (right)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hayashi Kichizō (林吉蔵)
carver: hori kō Muneoka (Muneoka Nobukichi)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Daitokuji 
sequence: 36
title mokuroku: 大徳寺ノ焼香 - Daitokuji no shōkō - burning incense at the Daitoku temple
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 三法師 丸 (first kanji top left cartouche) - san hōshi maru - three priests x
names: none
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 7th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Yamato Heikichi (山木平吉)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
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sequence: 37
title mokuroku: 賤ヶ嶽大合戰 - Shizugatake ōkassen - the huge battle of Shizugatake
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 立身須作真男子 臨事無為浅丈夫 (left column), two lines from a poem, Heru yin, by Song-dynasty philosopher Shao Yong (see MfA Boston, accession number 50.2927a-b)
names: left diptych: 糟屋助右衛門 (leftmost top, left sheet) - Kasuya Suke’emon (= Okumura Nagatomi), 宿屋七左衛門 (leftmost bottom, left sheet) - Yadoya Shichizaemon, 片桐助作 (center top, left sheet) - Katagiri Sukesaku, 小原新七 (top left, right sheet) - Ohara (?) Shinshichi, 平野權平 (topcenter, right sheet) -  Hirano Gondaira (?), 安彦彌五右エ門尉 (new: 安彦弥五右エ門尉) (rightmost, right sheet) - Yasuhiko Yagoemon jō
center diptych:  拝郷五左エ門久盈 (center, left sheet) - Haigō Goemon Hisamitsu (= Haigō Ieyoshi), 福島市松 (top left, right sheet) - Fukushima Ichimatsu (= Fukushima Masanori), 脇阪甚内 (2nd from right, right sheet) - Wakisaka Jinnai (= Wakisaka Yasuharu), 水野助右エ門  (rightmost, right sheet) - Mizuno Suke’emon
right diptych: 加藤孫六 (leftmost, left sheet), Katō Magoroku (= Katō Yoshiaki), 浅井則政 (top right, left sheet) - Azai Norimasa ; 加藤虎之助 (top, right sheet)  Katō Toranosuke (= Katō Kiyomasa), 山路将監 (bottom, right sheet) - Yamaji Shōgen (= Yamaji Masakuni)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) (all), right diptych with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883) (all)
format: 3 x 2 ōban
publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (松木平吉) (all)
carver: seal: hori x (probably „hei“ for Sasaki Heijirō) (all)
notes:
collection: yes/no/yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Komakiyama 
sequence: 38
title mokuroku: 小牧山対陣 - Komakiyama taijin - the confrontation of the armies at mount Komaki
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 不義と鉄石は義の片礫より軽し (left column)
names: 本多平八郎忠勝 (left) - Honda Heihachirō Tadakatsu
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 9th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Takekawa Seikichi (武川清吉)
carver: hori Gin (Asai Ginjirō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Shikoku 
sequence: 39
title mokuroku: 四國灘ノ暴風 (new: 四国灘ノ暴風) - Shikoku nada no bōfū - storm at the sea by Shikoku
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 勇気(ゆうき)怒湯(ととう)を蹴る (left column) (see MFA Boston accession number 50.2929a-b) - yūki totō o keru
names: none
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
second artist: Gekirō [= raging sea] Kiyochika ho [= assistant] (激浪清親補) on left sheet
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (松木平吉)
carver: seal: hori hei (平) (Sasaki Heijirō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Chosokabe 
sequence: 40
title mokuroku: 長曽我部ノ勇戰 - Chōsokabe no yūsen - brave fight of Chōsokabe
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: left column: 虎口能竜(ここうよくりょう)の為めに遁る - Kokō yokuryō no tame ni nogareru - Escaping from the Maw of the Tiger to the Lair of the Dragon (Text by MfA Boston, accession number 50.2930a-b)
names: 小西弥九郎行長 (left) - Konishi Yakurō Yukinaga, 仙石権平 (center) - Sengoku Gonbei 長宗我部信親 (right) - Chōsokabe Nobuchika
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (松木平吉)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Yakeyamajo 
sequence: 41
title mokuroku: 焼山城間道越 - Yakeyamajō kandō goshi - over the hidden path to castle Yakeyama
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 森本儀太夫 (leftmost, left sheet) - Morimoto Gidayū (= Morimoto Kazuhisa), 井上大九郞 (2nd from left, left sheet) - Inoue Taikurō; 加藤主計頭清正 (bottom left, right sheet) - Katō Kazue no kami Kiyomasa, 木村又蔵 (top right, right sheet) - Kimura Matazō
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: 10th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Morimoto Junzaburō (森本順三郎)
carver: hori Yata (Watanabe Yatarō)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Kumagaya 
sequence: 42
title mokuroku: 熊谷ノ就縛 - Kumagaya no shūbaku - coming under arrest at Kumagaya
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 井上大九郞 (2nd from left, left sheet) - Inoue Taikurō, x谷四助左エ門 (3rd from left) - ?, 森本儀太夫 (bottom, left sheet) - Morimoto Gidayū (= Morimoto Kazuhisa); 加藤清正 (left bottom, right sheet) - Katō Kiyomasa
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujirō (小林鉄次郎)
carver: hori kō Muneoka (Muneoka Nobukichi)
notes:
collection: no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Jurakutei 
sequence: 43
title mokuroku: 聚楽亭ノ舞楽 -Jurakutei (?) no bugaku - bugaku-dance at the Juraku pavilion
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 舞楽之名納蘓利 (left column)
names: none
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: no date
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hara Taneaki (原胤昭)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Ishigakiyama 
sequence: 44
title mokuroku: 石垣山一夜城 - Ishigakiyama Ichiyajō - Ishigakiyama Ichiya castle
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: 小田原伐 (first kanji); left column: 知識と先見は実に普し - Chishiki to senken wa jitsu ni amaneshi - His Wisdom and Foresight Were Truly Comprehensive (Text by MfA Boston, accession number 50.2933a-b)
names: 関白殿下秀吉 (left) - kanpaku denka Hideyoshi - Lord Regent Hideyoshi, 徳川家康 (right) - Tokugawa Ieyasu
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 5th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Hayashi Kichizō (林吉蔵)
carver: seal unread
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Kyushuko 
sequence: 45
title mokuroku: 九州攻大合戰 - Kyūshūkō ōkassen
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 福島正則 (leftmost, left sheet) - Fukushima Masanori, 木村又蔵, (2nd from left, left sheet) - Kimura Matazō, 加藤主計頭清正 (3rd from left, left sheet) - Katō Kazue no kami Kiyomasa, x島大x (left, right sheet), 新納武蔵守 (right, right sheet) Niiro Musashi (no) kami (= Niiro Tadamoto)
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: 4th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujirō (小林鉄次郎)
carver: hori Yū (Wada Yūjirō)
notes:
collection: no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Sarasara 
sequence: 46
title mokuroku: 雪中サラサラ越 - setchū Sarasara goshi - in the snow over the Sarasara ?
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: none
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: 10th month, Meiji 17 (1884)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Morimoto Junzaburō (森本順三郎)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-kana kyo Bishu 
sequence: 47
title mokuroku: 哉(?)郷尾州中村ノ訪問 - kana kyō Bishū Nakamura no hōmon - How! Visit in the hometown Nakamura in province Bishū (= Owari)
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 関白秀吉公 (left) - kanpaku Hideyoshi kō
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: unreadable
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Morimoto Junzaburō (森本順三郎)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-Chosen 
sequence: 48
title mokuroku: 朝鮮征伐大評定 - Chōsen seibatsu ōhyōjō - great council about the subjugation of Korea
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche: column left: 猛威海外に震う - Mōi kaigai ni furuu - Displaying Ferocity Overseas (Text by MfA Boston, accession number 50.2932a-b)
names: left sheet: 関白秀吉公 (sitting figure, top left)- kanpaku Hideyoshi kō, 毛利中納言 (leftmost) - Mori Chūnagon (= Mōri Terumoto), 前田大納言 (2nd from left) - Maeda Dainagonke (= Maeda Toshiie), 小西摂津守 (center) - Konishi Yukinaga (no) kami,  蒲生氏郷 (top, 5th  from right) - Gamō Jisato, 小早川隆景 (top, 4th  from right) -  Kobayakawa Takakage, 浅野長政 (top, 3rd from right) - Asano Nagamasa, 徳川家康 (top, 2nd from right) - Tokugawa Ieyasu; 浮(?)田宰相 (top, rightmost) - Ukita (?) Saishō (= Ukita Hideie ?)
right sheet: 福島左エ門尉 (leftmost) Fukushima Emon hangan (= Fukushima Masanori), 黑田甲斐守 (2nd from left) - Kuroda Kai (no) kami (= Kuroda Nagamasa), 宗對馬守 (3rd from left) - Sō Tsushima (no) kami, 加藤主計頭 (3rd from right) - Katō Shukeiryō (= Katō Kiyomasa), 島津兵庫頭 (2nd from right) Shimazu Hyōgo (= Shimazu Yoshihiro), 石田三成 (rightmost) - Ishida Mitsunari

signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: 10th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujirō (小林鉄次郎)
carver: hori kō Muneoka (Muneoka Nobukichi)
notes:
collection: yes
Toyonobu-Taikoki-setchu taka kari 
sequence: 49
title mokuroku: 雪中鷹狩 - setchū taka kari - hunting with falcon in the snow
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: 黑田長政 (right center, left sheet) - Kuroda Nagamasa; 関白ノ本陣 (center, right sheet) kanpaku no honjin (travel quarters of the kanpaku), 長曾我部元親 (new: 長宗我部元親) (bottom right, right sheet) - Chōsokabe Motochika
signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画) with Toshidama seal
date: 11th month, Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō (福田熊次郎)
carver: hori Yata (Watanabe Yatarō)
notes:
collection: yes
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sequence: 50
title mokuroku: 醍醐觀花宴 - daigokan (?) Kaen - the real appearance (?) of Kaen
description text mokuroku:
text print cartouche:
names: left diptch: 北大政所 (right sheet) - Kita (no) Ōmandokoro; center diptych: x古伊局 (left, left sheet) - unread, 松丸殿 (right, left sheet) - Matsumaru, 淀君 (left, right sheet) - Yodogimi (?), 関白豊臣秀吉公 (right, right sheet) - kanpaku Toyotomi Hideyoshi kō; right diptych: 三条殿 (top, left sheet) - Sanjōdono
signature: left diptych: Kōchōrō Toyonobu ga (香蝶樓豊宣画); center and right diptych: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画); all with Toshidama seal
date: Meiji 16 (1883) (all)
format: 3 x 2 ōban
publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (松木平吉) (all)
carver: left: no seal; center and right: hori Gin (Asai Ginjirō)
notes:
collection: no/yes/no
Toyonobu-Taikoki-unkown battle         
unknown battle scene: name cartouches from left: 織田信長 (center left sheet) - Oda Nobunaga, 德川家康 (center right sheet) - Tokugawa Ieyasu and "荒川内近", bottom right inside the castle. The kanji of this last name could be read as "Arakawa Ukon", but no historical person with such a name is known. However, a person named Arakawa Takumi (荒川内匠) who served as a vassal of Sanada Masayuki, is mentioned. In all likelihood, the last kanji of the name was misspelled by the carver of the printing plates and the depicted person is actually Arakawa Takumi, who, as a samurai general, commanded a group of soldiers to defend a castle belonging to the Takeda clan. See the entry at http://koskan.nobody.jp/kasin.html . However, this specific siege can’t be deduced from this entry.

signature: Toyonobu ga (豊宣画)
date: Meiji 16 (1883)
format: 2 ōban
publisher: Sasaki Toyokichi (佐ヶ木豐吉)
carver: no seal
notes:
collection: yes