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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)

The immensely strong man Kamata Matahachi lifting up a huge temple pillar to put his sandal under it. A flock of disturbed pigeons flying up in front of the temple altar. The inset showing the landscape at Karuizawa.

Title: Karuizawa (Station No 19) – Kamata Matahachi

Series: Kisokaidô rokujûkyû tsugi no uchi (The 69 Stations of the Kisokaidô Road)

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

Seal: Kiri-Mon

Publisher: Takadaya Takezô

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe

Date: 7/1852

Size: Oban, 37 x 25,2 cm

Very nice impression and colours, with relief printing. Colour variant of the title cartouche. Red of the temple lantern oxidized. Right and lower margin a tiny bit trimmed. Horizontal centrefold (with an about 4 mm tear at the left side). Red collector's seal „S“ in a circle at lower left. Throughout very good condition.

Fig.: Thompson: Utagawa Kuniyoshi. The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô, 2009, pp 54 (Fig.). British Museum, No 2008,3037.14719.