Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Matsunaga Daizen Hisahide (松永大膳久英 - actually Matsunaga Hisahide [松永久秀]),
#18 from the series Heroes of the Great Peace (Taiheiki eiyūden - 太平記英勇傳)

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Dates: circa 1848 - 1849,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor seals: Mera and Murata
Number 18: 十八

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Matsunaga Hisahide (1510-77) was also known as Danjō. "Vassal of the Miyoshi, he sided in 1529 with Chōkei, entered with him into Kyōto (1549) became governor of that city, fought against the Sasaki, who supported the Shōgun Yoshiteru (1558), pacified the province of Izumi and constructed the castle of Shiki (Kawachi) (1560), from which place he governed the provinces of Yamato and Kawachi. He then received the title of Danjō-shōsuke (whence his surname of Danjō). In 1563, he posioned Miyoshi Yoshioki, son of Chōkei, and had Yoshitsugu declared his heir. Two years later, the Shōgun Yoshiteru having refused to name him Kwanryō in place of Chōkei, who had died the year before, Hisahide with his son Hisamichi, came to attack the palace of Nijō and Yoshiteru killed himself. Hisahide then named a child of two years Shōgun and ruled as he pleased. Soon after, a war broke out between himself and Miyoshi Yoshitsugu, but being attacked at the same time by Sasaki Yoshitaka, he made peace with Yoshitsugu. In 1568, he submitted to Nobunaga who named him governor (shugō) of the province of Yamato. A little later (1572), uniting his forces with those of Yoshitsugu, he revolted; defeated by Nobunaga, he abandoned his ally and thus contributed to the destruction of Miyoshi. In 1577, he was contemplating a new revolt; this time, Nobunaga sent his son Nobutada and Tsutsui Junkei to besiege him in his castle of Shiki. The castle was burned and Hishahide killed himself."

Quoted from: Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan by E. Papinot, pp. 363-4.