Kunisada: Young BeautyKunisada: Young Beauty
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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865) - after Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

A young beauty standing against a backdrop scene of a travelling merchant changing his packhorse at an inn at the station of Fujieda.

Title: Fujieda no zu (A view of Fujieda) (23th station)

Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (The Fifty-three Stations along the Tokaido)

Signature: Kôchôrô Kunisada ga

Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (here as usual without seal)

Date: c. 1833 ff

Size: Vertical Chûban, 25 x 18 cm

Very good impression, colours and condition; retains old album backing. A small printer's stain; at the right side a small discoloured area and minor foxing.

For the landscape backgrounds of this beautiful bijin series Kunisada mostly adapted scenes from Hiroshige's vertical "Hôeidô-Tôkaidô“ (not yet completed at the time). Further information on the series in: Andreas Marks, Kunisada’s Tôkaidô. Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints. Leiden, 2013, p. 62 ff.