This page is a catalog all the prints by Yoshitoshi in the series 'Kinsei jimbutsushi (Personalities of Recent Times'.
Yoshitoshi produced these prints in the 1880s as furoku, or supplements, to certain issues of the Yamato Newspaper. These prints were distributed to subscribers. While employed by the newspapers, Yoshitoshi produced numerous other prints in other formats (see Keyes series 486, 'Yamato shimbun' and earlier series such as Keyes 315, 'Yubin hōchi shimbun', 318, 'Meiyo shidan').
These prints date from late in Yoshitoshi's career, during the time that he was producing his well-received masterpiece series, "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" (1885-1892). At this time, Yoshitoshi was well established as a great artist, and his work was in high demand.
The series features illustrations of a wide variety of personalities from contemporary, and historical times. The portraits are considered exceptional in execution relative to other news nishiki-e prints.
Shinichi Segi, "Yoshitoshi: The Splendid Decadent", Tokyo, Japan, 1985
where it appears as color plates 23-34, figs. 62-65, page 52.
It is also 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
as series #488.
|#2||11/1886||No. 23, The actor Nakamura Shikan and his wife.|
|#3||12/1886||No. 52, Isobayashi Taii on horseback by castle gate with falling stones.|
|#4||1/1887||The Tokugawa Princess Mime.|
|#5||2/1887||No. 109, Endo Shimpei standing in a garden.|
|#6||3/1887||No. 139, Imamuraskai, a prostitute of the Kimpei Daikoku house.|
|#7||4/1887||The wrestler Umegatani Totaro|
|#8||5/1887||No. 187, Okatsu of the Obana clan, the concubine of an officer.|
|#9||6/19/1887||No. 210, Ichikawa Danjaro IX as Benkei in Kanjunicho|
|#10||7/20/1887||Nishigori Takekiyo painting.|
|#11||8/20/1887||No. 263, Hanai Oume stabbing Minekichi|
|#12||09/25/1887||No. 293, The actor Bando Hikosaburo V|
|#13||10/16/1887||No. 311, Egawa Tarozaemon playing the koto.|
|#14||11/13/1887||No. 333, Muraoka of the Konoe clan bound with rope.|
|#15||12/30/1887||No. 357, Lady Kido Suikoin.|
|#16||01/20/1888||No. 383, Takeda Kounsai's mistress Tokiko in the snow.|
|#17||02/24/1888||No. 414, Saigo Takamori walking with dog.|
|#18||03/24/1888||No. 430, Mr. Kawase's wife holding a dagger.|
|#19||4/25/1888||No. 464, The old warrior Tomobayashi Rokuro Mitsuhira.|
|#20||5/25/1888||The fiancee of the Tokugawa shogun Keiki.|