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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Fukishima Masamori (吹嶋政守) from the series
Heroes of the Great Peace (Taiheiki eiyuden - 太平記英勇傳)

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Dates: circa 1848 - 1850,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor seals: Mera and Murata
Number 25 in a circle - 十十五

Related links: British Museum; Lyon Collection - print of Hisamatsu who did battle with Masanori;

Physical description:

The curatorial notes from the British Museum say: "Fukishima Masamori (the historical Fukushima Masanori) fighting three assailants, with two spears pointed at him by unseen opponents."

Fukushima Masanori (福島正則: 1561-1624) "An adopted son of Masamitsu, first served Hashiba Hideyoshi, who in 1583 had him appointed Saemon-no-suke, and afterwards game him the castle of Kiyosu (Owari) as a fief with a revenue of 200,000 koku. After the death of Hideyoshi in order to attach Masanori to his party. Ieyasu gave his adopted daughter in marriage to Masayuki, Masanori's son. In 1600, Masanori besieged Gifu, and made himself master of the place; then at the battle of Sekigahara, he routed the troops of Ukida Hideie. He received as a reward the daimyate [sic?] of Hiroshima (Aki) with a revenue of 498,000 koku. In 1610, he was charged by Ieyasu with the reconstruction of the castle of Nagoya; Masanori did all he could to evade that ruinous corvee, but it was in vain. From that time, the relations with the Shōgun became continually more strained. At the time of the Ōsaka campaign (1615) Masanori asked to accompany the shogunal army; Ieyasu obliged him to remain in Edo. Finally in 1619, he was accused of bad administration; his Hiroshima daimyate [sic?] was taken from him and that of Kawanaka-jima (Shinano) with a revenue of 45,000 koku was given him in exchange."

Quoted from: Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan by E. Papinot, p. 108.

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There are 15 prints from this set in the Lyon Collection.