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Sumiya Restaurant, 1853 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sumiya Restaurant, 1853

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.

Sumiya Restaurant, 1853 - Terrific portrait of Morita Kan'ya XI in the role of Kono Moronao in the "Kanadehon Chushingura," the kabuki play based on the story of the 47 ronin. Lord Moronao looks stunned, biting his lower lip and furrowing his brows as he draws back in surprise. He wears a gray kamishimo with the paulownia crest of the Minamoto clan on the shoulders over an intricately patterned brown kimono trimmed with green. His graying hair is pulled back into a topknot carefully laced with gray cord. Hiroshige shows the entrance of the Sumiya Restaurant at upper left, with guests arriving under a falling snow. The view at right shows the Asakusa-hirokoji temple, with the snow-covered building and pagoda seen beyond the enormous lantern of the entrance gate. A great design with an expressive figure and classic Hiroshige winter scenes.

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.

Sumiya Restaurant, 1853 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Sumiya Restaurant, 1853 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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