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TWO SUMO WRESTLERS TEAR APART A BURNING STRUCTURE TO STOP THE FIRE
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UTAGAWA YOSHIIKU
(1833 - 1904)
TWO SUMO WRESTLERS TEAR APART A BURNING STRUCTURE TO STOP THE FIRE, 1874

Colour woodblock print, published for the newspaper Tokyo nichinichi shinbun. This print was published in 1874. Signed Ochiai Yoshiiku, red seal Yoshiiku
Fine impression, colour and condition. Full sheet. Vertical ôban, 363 x 245 mm.

Son of the owner of a tea-house, Yoshiiku was a pupil of Kuniyoshi along with Yoshitoshi, six years his junior. It is said that the elder Yoshiiku bullied Yoshitoshi and that the two printmakers shared a life-long rivalry. Despite this the two artists collaborated together to draw a few series of prints. From 1874 to 1875 Yoshiiku produced drawings for prints published by the newspaper Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun (Tokyo Daily News), and then co-founded the Tokyo E-iri Shinbun (Tokyo Illustrated News).