TOSHIHIDE (1863-1925). Sakai Tadatsugu.
Artist: Migita Toshihide (1863-1925).
Subject: Warrior Sakai Tadatsugu beating a war drum at Hamamatsu Castle, after the Battle of Mikatagahara.
Title: Sakai Tadatsugu
Description: The British Museum website gives the following comment for the subject: Tokugawa Ieyasu suffered a disastrous defeat at the hands of Takeda Shingen during the Battle of Mikatagahara (1573). He retreated to Hamamatsu Castle where his ally Sakai Tadatsugu beat a war drum as though welcoming back a vast army. Suddenly uncertain of Ieyasu remaining strength, Shingen troops halted their advance, camped for the night near the castle, and then succumbed to a night attack. The subtitle of this print seems to give an incorrect character for the subject given name. Sakai Tadatsugu (1816-1851) was a not-especially heroic late-Edo daimyo. His ancestor Sakai Tadatsugu (1527-1596), however, was a major historical figure in keeping with the other warriors depicted in this series, and known for the illustrated episode
Series: Meiyo juhachi ban (Eighteen Acts of Glory)
Signature: Moyome ni ojite Toshihide. Artist seal.
Date: Meji 26 (1903)
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon.
Size: Oban diptych, 35,7x47 cm.
Medium: Woodblock color print.
Conditions: Very good impression and colour, good conditions.
Item no: C 386
Price: Euro 250