Calligraphy and Pictures for the Fifty-three Stations - Terrific design from a Tokaido Road series pairing images with verses in calligraphy for the different stations. Different artists contributed designs, including Yoshitora and Kunisada II. The large pictures include landscapes, figures from history and legend, and scenes from kabuki plays and folktales. Several prints feature comic illustrations, including the adventures and mishaps of Kita and Yaji, the bumbling travelers from the popular novel "Shank's Mare." Others include travelers in Western attire or distinctly modern Meiji subjects. These imaginative prints are beautifully detailed with attractive color and fine line work, and offer an interesting Meiji era take on the classic Tokaido subject. A great choice for collectors interested in life along the Tokaido Road.
Goyu in Mikawa Province: The Cowardice of the Comedians - Comic scene from the famous novel "Shank's Mare," which tells of the misadventures of two country travelers along the Tokaido Road. Here Yaji and Kita, the two heroes of the tale, are surprised by what appears to be fire raining down from the sky. One dances about with his hands spread wide in alarm, hopping on one foot as red flames flicker around them, while his companion laughs, a fan tied to his head, hands posed before his face. A strange and amusing illustration from this classic story, with fine shading in the darkening sky. The inset at top right shows kites floating in the sky high above a pine tree, including one shaped like a fish and another in the form of a fan with the red sun symbol of Japan on it. An interesting print.
Artist - Sawamuraya Seikichi
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Wormholes, some prints have losses at edges, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing. Some prints have wrinkling. Please see photos for details.
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