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'.

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 Title (Kanji) Title (Romaji) Title (English) Description
#1 大序 Daijo Opening Act Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine: The Helmet Inspection
#2 二段目 Ni-danme Act 2 Wakasanosuke's Mansion: The Pine-cutting Scene
#3 三段目 San-danme Act 3 The Rear Gate
#4 ;四段目 Shi-danme Act 4 Lord Hangan's Suicide
#5 五段目 Go-danme Act 5 The Yamazaki Highway
#6 六段目 Roku-danme Act 6 The Departure of Okaru
#7 七段目 Shichi-danme Act 7 The Ichiriki Teahouse in Gion
#8 八段目 Hachi-danme Act 8 Michiyuki (The Bride's Journey)
#9 九段目 Kyū-danme Act 9 Yuranosuke's Country Retreat in Yamashina
#10 十段目 Jū-danme Act 10 The Amakawaya Shop
#11 十一段目 Jū-ichi-danme Act 11 The Discovery of Moronao
大尾 Taibi The End Presenting Moronao's Head at Lord Hangan's Tomb

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