Collection: Yoshitoshi 21

Sotheran’s are pleased to present a collection of prints by Yoshitoshi & prints from the Meiji era. 

Yoshitoshi is widely recognised as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing. He is also regarded as one of the times greatest innovators. His career spanned two eras – the last years of Edo period Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration. Like many Japanese, Yoshitoshi was interested in new things from the rest of the world, but over time he became increasingly concerned with the loss of many aspects of traditional Japanese culture, among them the traditional form of woodblock printing.

His contribution to ukiyo-e has been summarised by Stevenson below:

“Yoshitoshi's courage, vision and force of character gave ukiyo-e another generation of life, and illuminated it with one last burst of glory.”

— John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 1992.

The Meiji era is an important part of Japans history ranging from 1868 to 1912. This period represented great change for Japan and led them to adopting many modern Western influences in contrast to their traditions of the past.

The exhibition will be on display in the Print Department from Friday 10th December, running until Christmas Eve 2021. We hope you enjoy our latest Japanese exhibition.

All prints come mounted ready for framing. Sizes given include outer dimensions of mounts.

41 items
  • CHIKANOBU, Toyohara (1838-1912). A Contest of Beauties among the Cherry Blossoms.
    A Contest of Beauties among the Cherry Blossoms
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    £500.00
  • CHIKANOBU, Toyohara (1838-1912). Meiji Emperor and Empress Walking amongst Plum Trees in Full Bloom.
    Meiji Emperor and Empress Walking amongst Plum Trees in Full Bloom
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    £860.00
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    £860.00
  • CHIKANOBU, Toyohara (1838-1912). Playing Polo.
    Playing Polo
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    £800.00
  • CHIKASHIGE (fl. 1869-1882). Courtesans: Calligraphy, Ikebana and Tea Ceremony.
    Courtesans: Calligraphy, Ikebana and Tea Ceremony
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    £800.00
  • KUNITOSHI, Utagawa (1847-1899). Beauties on a Dragon Boat.
    Beauties on a Dragon Boat
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    £500.00
  • SHOGETSU, Thoshu (fl.c.1889). Lord Watching Horsemanship - Archery and Polo.
    Lord Watching Horsemanship - Archery and Polo
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    £900.00
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    £900.00
  • WATANABE, Nobukazu (c.1872-1944). Flower Arrangement for Four Seasons.
    Flower Arrangement for Four Seasons
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    £700.00
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    £700.00
  • YOSHITORA, Utagawa (fl.c.1830-1880). Japanese Navy Balloon Launch in front of American Consulate.
    Japanese Navy Balloon Launch in front of American Consulate
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    £3,800.00
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    £3,800.00
  • YOSHITORA, Utagawa (fl.c.1830-1880). Shin-Yoshiwara Edo-cho Kinpeiro Imamurasaki Zashiki no zu.
    Shin-Yoshiwara Edo-cho Kinpeiro Imamurasaki Zashiki no zu
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    £760.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Nikki Danjō Naonori.
    Nikki Danjō Naonori
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    £440.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). I Want to be Beautiful.
    I Want to be Beautiful
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    £400.00
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    £400.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Lady Kido Suikoin.
    Lady Kido Suikoin
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    £240.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Beauty with Flowers.
    Beauty with Flowers
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    £300.00
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  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Sunrise.
    Sunrise
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    £320.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Peony Flower and Attendant of the Fifth Rank, Beauty Uematsu Chikako.
    Peony Flower and Attendant of the Fifth Rank, Beauty Uematsu Chikako
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    £400.00
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    £400.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Uesugi Kenshin Nyudo Terutora Riding into Battle.
    Uesugi Kenshin Nyudo Terutora Riding into Battle
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    £1,600.00
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    £1,600.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). The Fever of Taira no Kiyomori.
    The Fever of Taira no Kiyomori
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    £3,400.00
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    £3,400.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). The Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji.
    The Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji
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    £7,000.00
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    £7,000.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). The village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night.
    The village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night
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    £1,800.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Mountain Moon After Rain.
    Mountain Moon After Rain
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    £1,400.00
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    £1,400.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Change flees to the moon.
    Change flees to the moon
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    £1,200.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Itsukushima Moon: A Muro Courtesan.
    Itsukushima Moon: A Muro Courtesan
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    £1,600.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Yukimori: Faith in the Third-Day Moon.
    Yukimori: Faith in the Third-Day Moon
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    £1,800.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Moonlight Patrol: Samurai Saito Toshimitsu.
    Moonlight Patrol: Samurai Saito Toshimitsu
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    £1,800.00
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    £1,800.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Moon and Smoke.
    Moon and Smoke
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    £2,000.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Moon above the Sea of Daimotsu Bay - Benkei.
    Moon above the Sea of Daimotsu Bay - Benkei
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    £7,000.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Inamura Promontory moon at daybreak.
    Inamura Promontory moon at daybreak
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    £1,800.00
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    £1,800.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Gravemaker Moon.
    Gravemaker Moon
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    £800.00
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    £800.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). The moon through a crumbling window.
    The moon through a crumbling window
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    £1,300.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Gojo Bridge Moon.
    Gojo Bridge Moon
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    £760.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Shizu Peak Moon - Hideyoshi.
    Shizu Peak Moon - Hideyoshi
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    £1,400.00
  • YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka (1839-1892). Looking Weighed-down: The Appearance of a Waitress at Fukagawa in the Tempo Era.
    Looking Weighed-down: The Appearance of a Waitress at Fukagawa in …
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    £600.00