During the 19th century, the tale of the 47 loyal retainers provided irresistible inspiration for artists. Kuniyoshi, master of the legendary and historical, seized this theme in his dynamic series Biographies of the Loyal Retainers (c. 1847).
This side-bound album contains a complete set of Kuniyoshi's iconic series Biographies of the Loyal Retainers. In addition, two additional prints are included in the album. First, a triptych by Toyokuni III (1786-1864) titled Departure of the Loyal Retainers, dated to c.1847-1849, that depicts the Ronin before the attack. The triptych is signed "oju kochoro Toyokuni ga" on the right sheet and "Toyokuni ga" on the center sheet, and is marked with the Mera and Murata nanushi censor seals. On the reverse of the triptych is a map of the gravesite at Sengaku-ji Temple.