Eight Views from Fine Tales of Warriors

Yoshitoshi's 'Bidan musha hakkei' (1867 - 1868)


This page catalogs all known prints in the Yoshitoshi series 'Bidan musha hakkei (Eight Views from Fine Tales of Warriors)'. This is Yoshitoshi's first triptych series, published early in his career. The subject matter in print #07, Fujiwara no Yasumasa, is an early attempt at what would later develop into one of his masterpiece works.

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 #200;

	Eric van den Ing, Robert Schaap, " Beauty and Violence: Japanese 
		Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839-1892 ", 
		Havilland, Eindhoven, 1992

 where it appears as series #19, pages 43, 105

We use the B+V numbers to order the prints below, adding additional prints as we find them.

The Prints

To see a larger image of any print, please click on the thumbnail.

Evening bell at Kotokuji. Men with spears.  
09/1867 Returning sails in the Rikyū Island. Tametomo and Neiwanjo.  
01/1868 Storm wind at Togakushi.  
02/1868 Saijō Uesugi Kenshin dancing before ghosts  
02/1868 Evening rain at Nagashino. Warrior and herons.  
1868 Descending geese at Yahagibashi bridge. Impressions with dark and light sky; reprinted 2/1894  
1868 Autumn moon. The bandit Hakamadare stalks Fujiwara no Yasumasa on the autumn moor (together with Wakai Shuntei).  



Thanks to (in alphabetical order) xxx, yyy and zzz, who searched for these things across catalogues of sale and show, provided scans of illustrations, translated titles, etc, etc.

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