Triptych Prints
On this page I will show you what I consider to be some of the most beautiful woodblock print artworks from the Meiji era. As you can see I have a 'weak spot' for bijin triptych prints! Chikanobu was undoubtedly the 'king' of this genre of woodblock print, but other artists such as his successor Nobukazu, as well as Shuntei and Kunisada, also produced a large number of outstandingly elegant bijin triptychs.

Note: All but a couple of triptych prints listed below are unbacked, have separate sheets, and have full left and top margins (i.e., completely untrimmed). I've 'joined' the print images together using image software.


Bijin-ga Triptych Prints
Nobukazu Yosai - Beauties Watching the Moon at an Amusement Garden Chikanobu Yoshu - The Moon at a Vacation House
Nobukazu Yosai
Beauties Watching the Moon at an Amusement Garden
1891 July


Chikanobu Yoshu
The Moon at a Vacation House
1891


Artist: Kuniaki
New Years visit by a Dragon dance troop
Todays Elegant Manners, Picnic, by Shuntei Chikanobu Yoshu - Snow in the garden Nobukazu Yosai - Scene From the Third Domestic Industrial Fair
Artist: Shuntei
Todays Elegant Manners, Picnic
(當世風俗通 - さののらがり)


Chikanobu Yoshu
Snow in the garden
10 November, 1893


Nobukazu Yosai
Scene From the Third Domestic Industrial Fair
1890


Nobukazu Yosai - Court woman playing a drum on a boat on a moonlit night Chikanobu - Pleasure of Beauties View of Beauties In A Plum Garden
Nobukazu Yosai
Court woman playing a drum on a boat on a moonlit night
1891


Artist: Chikanobu
Pleasure of Beauties
  - View of the Plum Garden
(美人遊梅園の景)


Nobukazu Yosai
Scene From the Third Domestic Industrial Fair
1890


Chikanobu - Sketches of Women's Ritual Ceremonies Sketches of Women's Ritual Ceremonies - Wedding Chikanobu Yoshu - A Banquet
Artist: Chikanobu
Sketches of Women's Ritual Ceremonies
(女禮式略景)

Artist: Chikanobu
Sketches of Women's Ritual Ceremonies - Wedding
(女禮式略景)

Artist: Chikanobu
Sketches of Women's Ritual Ceremonies
(女禮式略景)


Chikanobu Yoshu - Garden Cherry Viewing at Night Garden Cherry Viewing at Night Crouching Dragon Plum At Kameido Shrine
Chikanobu Yoshu
Garden Cherry Viewing at Night
1896


Artist: Chikanobu
Ladies in Waiting of Chiyoda Palace
(千代田の大奥)
Boating (舟遊び)


Artist: Nobukazu
Crouching Dragon Plum At Kameido Shrine
(亀井戸臥龍梅)
Yamato Customs and Manners - Kinkakuji Chikanobu Yoshu - Peony Flower Viewing Noble Ladies of the Tokugawa Era - Sensoji Temple
Artist: Chikanobu
Yamato Customs and Manners
Kinkakuji
(大和風俗 金閣寺)

Artist: Chikanobu
Peony Flower Viewing
(覺顯牡丹華遊覧)

Artist: Chikanobu
Noble Ladies of the Tokugawa Era
Sensoji Temple
(徳川時代貴婦人の図 - 浅草寺)


Soga Juro, Ooiso Tora Omae Nobukazu Yosai- Asaskusa Kinryuzan Kanzeon Temple
Artist: Chikanobu
Soga Juro, Ooiso Tora Omae
(曽我十郎、大磯虎御前)

Artist: Chikanobu
Unread title

Artist: Nobukazu Yosai
Asaskusa Kinryuzan Kanzeon Temple
(浅草金龍山観世音)


Smell of Plum Blossoms in the Garden Elegant Gathering in the West Garden Flowers In Full Bloom At Sumida Levee
Artist: Chikanobu
Smell of Plum Blossoms in the Garden
(四方に薫る園の梅の香)

Artist: Yoshu Chikanobu
Elegant Gathering in the West Garden
(西園雅集)

Artist: Yoshu Chikanobu
Flowers In Full Bloom At Sumida Levee
(墨田堤花盛りの図)


Yoshu Chikanobu - Blooming Chrysanthemums In An Autumn Garden Chikanobu - Emperor Observing Sericulture Chikanobu - November: All-star performance at Saruwakacho
Artist: Yoshu Chikanobu
Blooming Chrysanthemums In An Autumn Garden
(秋園菊花の盛)

Artist: Yoshu Chikanobu
Emperor Observing Sericulture
(富貴之春蚕之繁栄)


Chikanobu
November: All-star performance at Saruwakacho
1889


Scene of a Flower Gargen at Night Yoshu Chikanobu - Inamotoro Yoshu Chikanobu - Tanabata Festival
Artist: Yoshu Chikanobu
Customs and Manners of Yamato:
Scene of a Flower Gargen at Night


Artist: Yoshu Chikanobu
Inamotoro
1879

Yoshu Chikanobu
Annual Events of Prosperous Edo
Tanabata Festival

(]ŒΛ»Žq”N’†sŽ–
Ž΅—[”V}
)
1885


Nobukazu Yosai - Flourishing Shin Yoshiwara Chikanobu Yoshu - Fountain in Asakusa Park Chikanobu Yoshu - A Garden of Courtesians in Bishu
Nobukazu Yosai
Flourishing Shin Yoshiwara
1903


Chikanobu Yoshu
Fountain in Asakusa Park
1903


Chikanobu Yoshu
A Garden of Courtesians in Bishu


Chikanobu Yoshu - Snow Scene on the Banks of Sumida River
Chikanobu Yoshu
Snow Scene on the Banks of Sumida River
1891


Other Triptych Prints - Legends and History, Official Ceremonies, etc.
Yoshitoshi - Famous Places In The East, Umekawa and the Slave Dealer Beside the Sumida River
Yoshitoshi
Famous Places In The East, Umekawa and the Slave Dealer Beside the Sumida River
東名所隅田川梅和かのふる事
1886


Artist: Chikanobu
Artist: Chikanobu
Flowers of Edo in the Past
No. 6- A feudal lord visits a temple at Ueno
温故東の花
第六編 旧諸侯上野初御仏参之図
Seven Lords Leaving Kyoto Imasama Kaika No Haru Utagawa Hide - Last Stand of Kusunoki Masatsura
Artist: Toshihide Migita
Illustrated History
  - Seven Lords Leaving Kyoto

Artist: Chikanobu
Imasama Kaika No Haru
(今様開化之春)

Artist: Utagawa ?hide
Loyalty: Last Stand of Kusunoki Masatsura
(New Selection of Mirror of Honour)

Hachiman Taro Yoshiie Toyohara Kunichika - Kihachijo Ooka Seidan Chikanobu Yoshu - Scene from the Play Suibodai Shinshu No Mataroku
Artist: Nobukazu Yosai
Hachiman Taro Yoshiie-
The Battle of Go-San-Nen

Toyohara Kunichika
Kihachijo Ooka Seidan
1893

Chikanobu Yoshu
Scene from the Play Suibodai Shinshu No Mataroku
1885


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