Famous Restaurants of the Eastern Capital - Handsome print from a collaborative series by Toyokuni III and Hiroshige, published between 1852 and 1853. Toyokuni III created the large actor portraits in the foreground, with Hiroshige designing the smaller landscape and still-life insets relating to the featured restaurant or its location. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has many of these images in its collection. These attractive designs are beautifully colored and detailed, making them a great choice for a collector interested in
The Kozakura Restaurant: Iwai Hanshiro VI as Shirai Gonpachi, 1852 - Great design of Iwai Hanshiro VI as the rogue Shirai Gonpachi in the play "Seno-Kouta Yume-no Yoshiwara." Dressed as a traveling monk called a komuso, he looks over his shoulder with an astonished expression, his eyes wide and mouth agape. He wears a black monk's mantle over his floral and checked pattern kimono, a large woven basket hat in one hand and a shakuhachi flute visible at his back. His hair is pulled back into a thick topknot combed smoothly forward over his head, with longer locks at the side. The landscape by Hiroshige above shows Honcho 1-chome, with a wooden torii gate at left and a few pines framing a view of green hills. The inset at left for the Kozakura Restaurant shows a pair of chopsticks at the bottom removing a floating cup from a bowl of water. A terrific expressive portrait, detailed with embossing on the blue kimono collar.
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Stitching holes at both sides, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details.
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