Woodblock Printed Triptych of the Mass Murder at the Sugitoya Brothel by Yoshu Chikanobu
A superb colour, woodblock printed triptych depicting the shocking murder of seven people at the Sugitoya brothel in Tokyo that occurred in July 1880. Tokunaga Bin, a 28-year-old ex-samurai and client, was offended by being charged a little more than he thought so he returned the following morning and killed the proprietor, five courtesans including a 16-year-old, and the young man who probably had asked for the extra charge. Each victim is named and we can see Tokunaga finishing off the last two victims. Even Tokunaga's bloody footprints can be seen. The print was made just a few weeks after the incident. The Japanese title is, 'Sugitoya Shichinin Kiri no Zu'.
Published by Yamamura Kinzaburo. Drawn by Hashimoto Naoyoshi (Chikanobu). August 1880.
Each panel approx. 37 x 24.5cm.
In very good condition. Minor age wear at edges and corners. Unbacked and unjoined with nice bleedthrough.