by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Series; The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, 1852
Toyokuni III's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - Toyokuni III's 1852 series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" pairs kabuki portraits with the stations along the famous Tokaido Road. Each design features a half-length figure in the foreground, with a border of clouds separating the actor from the landscape above. Interestingly, the title cartouche of each print is framed by different objects related to the kabuki character or play, including armor and weapons, household objects, flowers, horse equipment, and traveler's clothing and baggage. The large expressive characters are beautifully drawn and detailed, with fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading in the backgrounds.
The exact number of prints for the series is unclear, because two prints exist for some stations, and some intermediate stations are also included. Where there are two designs of the same subject, the background landscape continues across the two prints. This handsome series proved extremely popular when released, and remains a favorite of collectors today.
Minakuchi: Actor Sawamura Chojuro V as Choemon - b>Special detail - Embossing on the white scarf.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Some prints have slight separation along fold or a few holes, repaired. Some prints have a few spots or marks. A couple have a vertical fold at side. Please see photos for details.
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