An image of Did I ever imagine that/ as the clouds of the high autumn sky cleared/ I would view the moon through a bamboo lattice window - Hidetsugu

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Did I ever imagine that/ as the clouds of the high autumn sky cleared/ I would view the moon through a bamboo lattice window - Hidetsugu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The famed warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi was childless until late in life. To secure succession, he adopted his nephew to whom he gave the name Hidetsugu. While still a soldier in Hideyoshi’s army, Hidetsugu showed great promise of leadership, but became increasingly cruel and offensive. The opportunity to dispose of Hidetsugu came when Hideyoshi finally had a biological son. Hidetsugu was confined in a temple on Mount Kōya and ordered to commit suicide. Accompanied by a loyal retainer in his last minutes, Hidetsugu is shown in deep thought, preparing for the ritual act and composing the death poem.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
10 Dec 1889
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock; ōban
Dimensions
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
258.2012.75