Yoshitoshi's 'Famous Fights Between Brave Men (Eimei kumiuchi zoroi)' 1865-1866


This page catalogs all known prints in the Yoshitoshi's series 'Eimei kumiuchi zoroi (英名 組討 揃 - Famous Fights Between Brave Men)'.

This is a rarely seen early series, published early in Yoshitoshi's career. Several prints in it strongly resemble prints done by his master Kuniyoshi, clearly showing his influence on the young Yoshitoshi.

Keyes indicates that later impressions are known, with new colour blocks.

Technical details

Previous cataloguings

One of the first attempts to enumerate this series was in Keyes' thesis:
	Roger. S. Keyes, "Courage and Silence: A Study of the Life and
		Color Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1839-1892",
		Cinncinnati, 1982
where it appears as series #149; he listed only 4 prints in the series. The next listing was in:
	Eric van den Ing, Robert Schaap, "Beauty and Violence: Japanese 
		Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839-1892", 
		Havilland, Eindhoven, 1992
where it appears as series #14 (pages 38, 103); they listed a further 4 prints (using Keyes' reference numbers for the first 4), making 8 in total. We have discovered an additional 3 prints so far, making 11 prints in all at the moment.

We use the Keyes/B+V numbers for the first 8, and have numbered the rest in the order in which we discovered them; the prints in the series do not appear to have any numbers on them.

The total number of prints in the series is unknown. Please help us discover additional prints!

If you have either i) information about any errors on the page, ii) better images than the ones below, please let us know.

The Prints

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Thumbnail Large image Number Date Title (Kanji) Title (Rōmaji) Title Comments
#1 1865/11 Tomoe Gozen, fighting with Uchida Saburō  
#2 1865/11 Tsukushima Masamori (1561 - 1624) and Kyōsokabe Yatarō tumbling down a cliff  
#3 1865/11 Nenoi Ōyata grappling with Musashibō Benkei  
#4 1866/1 Konda Teihachirō Tadakazu and Makara Jūrōzaemon Naozumi grappling by water  
1174KB #5 1866/1 菜籐 伊豆 入道 立本 Saitō Izu? Nyūdō Rhūhon Saitō Toshimoto Nyūdō Rhūhon (a retainer of Katō Kiyomasa) in an underwater fight with a Chinese opponent  
579KB #6 1866/1 Watanabe Genji no Tsuna grappling with Shogun Taro Tara no Yoshikado  
#7   Sanada Yoichi Yoshitada fighting Matano Gorō Kagehisa on a rocky site near water  
518KB #8 1865/11 Okabe Rokuyata fighting with Satsuma no kami Tadamori on the seashore  
#9   Kiso (Minamoto) Yoshinaka and Mikaya Morihira  
597KB #10 1865/7 Shimotsu Gonnainosuke Yoshinori and Iwanari Chikaranosuke Mitsuhiro  
569KB #11 1866/1 Tezuka Tarō Mitsumori and Saitō Bettō Sanemori  

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