|Stockno.:||23-038||Artist:||Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 月岡芳年 (1839-1892)||Description: ||Picture of Sadanobu Threatening a Demon in the Palace at Night (Sadanobu-ko yoru kyuchu ni kai o osoreshimu no zu 貞信公夜宮中に怪を懼しむの図), from the series New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts (Shingata sanjūrokkaisen 新形三十六怪撰).
Published by Sasaki Toyokichi, April 10 1889.
Fujiwara Tadahira (Fujiwara Sadanobu 880-949) was a 10th-century minister, serving emperors Daigo (897-930) and Suzaku (ruled 930-946) from 914 until 941. The scene depictured comes from the 1119 story The Great Mirror (Okagami). Tadahira is on his way to court, but is grabbed by a demon. He shouts: "who stops a man on his way to the council chamber with an Imperial decree? You will regret it if you don't let go." The demon flees. ||Signed:||Yoshitoshi, with artist’s seal Taiso||Size:||Oban tate-e||Condition:||Very good impression, colour and condition. Minimal toning, a small repair in right margin.||Price:||Euro 1750 SOLD||Reference:||Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 488, no. 509.1 John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Thirty-Six Ghosts, 1983, p. 20, no. 1|