Chūshingura Prints

In 1702, Lord Asano of Akō was provoked by Kira Kozukenosuke Yoshinaka into drawing his sword in the shogun’s palace, for which he was forced to take his own life, and his estate was confiscated.  Forty-seven of Lord Asano’s retainers, who were now rōnin (samurai without masters), planned, and carried out a successful attack on Kira’s palace.  Kira’s head was cut off with the same dagger Lord Asano used to commit seppuku.  (The term “hara-kiri”, although more common in English than “seppuku”, is considered in Japan to be a vulgar and disrespectful description of an honorable act.).  The 46 surviving rōnin were forced to take their own lives.  These events were made into the kabuki play, “Kanadehon Chūshingura”.

Series

Date

Robinson*

Robinson‡

Comic Paper Lantern Chūshingura (Dōke Chōchingura)

1830

unlisted

unlisted

Kanadehon Chūshingura

1835

unlisted

unlisted

The Monsters’ Chūshingura

1839-1842

unlisted

unlisted

Kanadehon Chūshingura

1847

169

unlisted

Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichū gishi den)

1847-1848

72

S54

Origins of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichū gishi hottan)

1848

72

S55

Stories of Faithful Hearts and True Loyalty (Seichū gishin den)

1848

72

S56

Comparison of the High Renown of the Loyal Retainers and Faithful Samurai (Chūshin gishi kōmei kurabe)

1848

78

S57

Stories of the Faithful Samurai of the Red Castle (Sekijō gishi den)

1848

83

S58

Mirror of the Faithful Samurai and Loyal Retainers (Gishi chūshin kagami)

1848

82

S59

Untitled series of Chūshingura diptychs

1849

unlisted

unlisted

Chūshingura

1849

unlisted

unlisted

Mirror of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Retainers (Seichū gishin kagami)

1851

unlisted

S71

The Fifty-three Post-stations of the Chūshingura (Chūshingura gojūsan tsuji)

1851

unlisted

S72

Twelve Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura)

1852

218

unlisted

Portraits of the Faithful Samurai of True Loyalty (Seichū gishi shōzō)

1853

79

S78

True Portraits of the Faithful Samurai (Gishi shinzō)

1853

75

S80

‘Kanadehon Chūshingura’ (かなで本忠臣蔵) is available on another website

1854-1855

69

S86

Mirror of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Retainers, Individually (Seichū gishin meimei kagami)

1857

77

S90

Miscellaneous Chūshingura prints

 

206

 

* “Robinson 1961” indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).

‡ “Robinson 1982” indicates listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.

 

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