Hiroshige II's series 'Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chūshingura)' (1855)


This page attempts to catalog all known prints in Hiroshige II's series 'Chūshingura (忠臣蔵  - The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers)'.

The title of each individual print is at the bottom cartouche of the red cartouche in the top right corner; the series title is at the top.

The series dates from the start of Hiroshige II's career, when he was about twenty-nine years old. At this point, he was still using the name 'Shigenobu', the given to him by his master Hiroshige I; the prints in this series are signed 'Shigenobu'.

Title Kanji

The character numbers, which identify the characters in the titles, are given from:
    Andrew N. Nelson, "The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary",
	Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, 1974
which is a standard Japanese dictionary. Note that Nelson omits many archaic readings, which often used in these names.

Technical details

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has only a partial set of this series.

The Prints

To see a larger, roughly full-screen, image of any print, please click on the thumbnail; these images are sized to produce fine detail, and are only moderately compressed.

Images Number Date Title (Kanji) Title (Romaji) Title (English) Description
#1 1855/1 大序 Daijo Opening Act
#2 1855/1 二段目 Nidanme Act 2
#3 1855/1 三段目 Sandanme Act 3
#5 1855/1 五段目 Godanme Act 5
#6 1855/1 六段目 Rokudanme Act 6
#7 1855/1 七段目 Shichidanme Act 7
#10 1855/1 十段目 Jūdanme Act 10
1855/1 大尾 Taibi The End

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