The title has one of the written/spoken puns common in Japanese woodblock prints: although the second word is pronounced "suikoden" (the same as the well-known 'Water Margin' tale), it is written with different kan-ji, hence has a very different meaning.
It dates from the middle of Yoshitoshi's career, when he was about thirty-five. It thus dates from a little over a decade before his well-known masterpieces such as his great series "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" (1885-1892), and "New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts" (often called simply "Thirty-Six Ghosts") (1889-1892).
Roger. S. Keyes, "Courage and Silence: A Study of the Life and Color Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1839-1892", Cinncinnati, 1982where it appears as series #289; he listed 18 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, 1992where it appears as series #24 (pg. 50, 112); they listed a further 3 prints (using Keyes' reference numbers for the first 18), making 21 in total. We have found an additional two prints, making 23 in total so far.
We use the Keyes/B+V numbers for the first 21, 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.
This page (and list) is by no means complete; there is possibly one print listed below for which we do not yet have an image. The series is not well documented, and there may be yet other prints which have not yet come to our attention. If you know of any prints from this series which aren't listed here, or have either i) information about any errors on the page, ii) better images than the ones below, iii) missing information about individual prints (e.g. publisher, exact date), or iv) images for any of the prints which we are missing images for, please let us know.
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 (for the benefit of those on slow links).
|Thumbnail||Large image||Number||Title (Kanji)||Title (Rōmaji)||Description/Comments|
|#1||大矢内 竜吾||Oyauchi Ryūgo(rō)|
|450KB||#2||尼子 八郎||Amako Hachirō|
|504KB||#3A||柏瀬 茂石衛門||Kashiwase Moemon||This print exists in two different variants, one with the name of Kashiwase Moemon (which we have numbered, semi-arbitrarily, as #3A), and the other with the name of Nokiyama Zendayū (numbered #3B); Nokiyama Zendayū also appears in print #7 in this series.|
|575KB||#3B||軒山 善太夫||Nokiyama Zendayū|
|#4||歩兵 藤作||Hohei Tōsaku|
|#5||大塩 平八郎||Oshio Heihachirō|
|561KB||#6||午之助||Umanosuke||The story as given on the print is that the ronin Umanosuke was drinking in a sake shop when he overhead two samurai making disloyal remarks; at this, he became enraged, and cut them both down with a single stroke (a tray of food also became involved).|
|#7||軒山 善太夫||Nokiyama Zendayū|
|269KB||#8||大矢野 作左衛門||Oyano Sakuzaemon|
|292KB||#9||渡部 氏 妻女||Watanabe uji [no] Saijo||Watanabe's wife with a child on her back and two severed heads at her feet.|
|#10||飯岡 助五郎||Iikō Sukegorō|
|585KB||#11||窪田 萬冶||Kubota Manji||The archaic character 萬 in this name is now usually replaced with the character 万.|
|604KB||#12||大河 兵次郎||Okawa Hyōjirō|
|411KB||#13||栖本 左京||Sumoto Sakyō|
|#14||駒木根 八兵衛||Komagine Hachibei|
|#15||鵬 貞之亮||Otori Teinosuke|
|Image needed||#16||Kubota Manji||Possibly a duplicate entry for #11?|
|#17||笹井 織江||Sasai Orie|
|681KB||#18||伊場 七郎||Iba Shichirō|
|#19||光明 阿闍梨||Kōmyō Ajari|
|1165KB||#20||時枝 隼人||Tokieda Hayato|
|439KB||#21||田澤 藏人||Tazawa Kurando|
|585KB||#22||伊坂 賢八郎||Isaka Kenhachirō|
|604KB||#23||天草 四郎||Amakusa Shirō|
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