Saito Kuranosuke was a 16th-century retainer of Akechi Mitsuhide, the warrior who killed Oda Nobunaga in 1582. Once Toyotomi Hideyoshi killed Mitsuhide and defeated his forces at Yamazaki, Saito Kuranosuke and his son, Toshimitsu, fled to Katada in Omi province. Here, they sought safety in the home of his former nurse. Kuranosuke fell ill with a high fever and was captured by his enemies. He wa executed and his son became a monk. In Yoshitoshi’s design, Kuranosuke looks over his shoulder to the fence of his former nurse’s house–the place where he will meet his end. His horse casts its eyes up towards its rider, expressing the same uneasiness gnawing at Kuranosuke. In the background, Lake Biwa reflects the silver moonlight.