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The Toyoda Restaurant, 1852 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Toyoda Restaurant, 1852

Series; Famous Restaurants of the Eastern Capital

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 Edo era woodblocks.

The Toyoda Restaurant, 1852 - Terrific portrait of Nakamura Utaemon IV as Mashiba Hisayoshi, the kabuki counterpart for the real-life Hashiba (Toyotomi) Hideyoshi. He grimaces with rage as he looks up, his lower lip turning green. He wears a fantastic robe trimmed with ruffles with a white scarf draped around his neck, an ornate court cap tied beneath his chin with tasseled cords. The inset at left shows two braziers at the Toyoda Restaurant, while the circular inset above features a beautiful winter scene of falling snow framed by a stone lantern and verandah railing. A great composition, beautifully detailed with faint cloth embossing in the white scarf.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/2"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Some holes, repaired. Some soiling. Please see photos for details.

The Toyoda Restaurant, 1852 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The Toyoda Restaurant, 1852 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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