Series; Folding-fan Fifty-three Stages (Fan Tokaido), 1865
Folding-fan Fifty-three Stages - Handsome print from a series commonly known as the "Fan Tokaido," done to commemorate the journey of the Shogun from Edo to Kyoto in 1863 along the Tokaido Road to pay his respects to the Emperor. The Shogun's power was in decline at the time, and the procession had not been made for many years, so this was an important event. Many different artists contributed designs for the series, with Yoshitoshi contributing fifteen. These lively images show the procession winding through the countryside, stopping at villages, or taking part in special festivities to celebrate the occasion. Many prints provide a panoramic view of lovely scenery, beautifully detailed with attractive color, soft shading, and fine line work. A rare series from early in Yoshitoshi's career, wonderfully capturing this historic subject.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13" x 8 7/8"
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Small V-shaped tear, a couple small holes, repaired. A few creases. Please see photos for details.