Yoshitoshi's 'Strong Heroes of the Water Margin' (1868)


This page catalogs all known prints in Yoshitoshi's series 'Gōketsu suikoden (豪傑 水滸傳 - Strong Heroes of the Water Margin)'.

The story of the 108 Heroes of the Suikoden (Shuihu Zhuan) was Chinese in origin, written in the 14th century. The novel became extremely popular in Japan in the early 19th century. The stories relate the exploits of a group of outlaws, who lived on the fringe of society, and fought in the name of justice.

Hokusai illustrated the original Japanese translation of the series, and Kuniyoshi published a famous Suikoden print series, which was his first commercial success. Yoshitoshi published his first Suikoden series, consisting of 50 chūban prints, in 1866. This is his second Suikoden series, published in 1868.

Technical details

Previous cataloguings

Listed 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 #220.

We use the Keyes numbers to order the prints below.

These prints are rarely seen, and we would appreciate your help in obtaining images for the ones we are missing.

The Prints

To see a larger, roughly full-screen, image of any print, please click on the thumbnail; these images are sized to produce reasonable detail (if we have an original that big), and are fairly compressed.

If we have a higher-quality image, that image can be viewed by clicking on the "Large Image" link, which gives the size of the image (in kilo-bytes), for the benefit of those on slow links. Sometimes there is more than one, if our best-quality image has issues (e.g. trimmed margins).

Thumbnail Large image Number Date Title (Kanji) Title (Rōmaji) Title (English) Description
#1 6/1868 Hyoshito Rinchu (Lin Chung) seated by a rock
#2 6/1868 Bodaichu Kodaiso (Goodwife Ku) holding a knife
#3 6/1868 Rorihakucho Chojun (Chang Shun) standing in water
694KB #4 6/1868 病関索 楊雄 Byokansaku Yōyu Byokansaku Yōyu (Yang Hsiung) stabbing a pregnant woman
#5 7/1868 Tattooing of Kumonryii Shishin (Shih Chin)
Image needed #6 7/1868 Juunryu Kosonsho (Kun-sun Sheng).
Image needed #7 8/1868 Botsumenmoku Shotei (Chiao Ting).

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