Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

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"early landscapes and townscenes - 1“



last updated:

new pictures: 12/20/03


new information: 12/20/03



early prints:

This print is a bijin print. The landscape isn´t the main subject but it´s shown here because it is the earliest confirmed Kunisada print and shows a wonderful landscape in the background.

Shindo writes to this print (page 149): "This is the earliest of Kunisada´s work to be currently confirmed. Although a beauty print, it is introduced here as a reference. However, the patterns on the kimono all relate to actors. It is interesting to imagine which actors Kunisada wished to associate with".

signature: Kunisada ga
size: oban
censor: kiwame
date: 4/1807
pub: Tsuruya Kinsuke
ref: L56,p128

This print belongs to a series "Three of the `Eight Views´" (in Edo)
title: Ryogoku no bansho - Evening glow at Ryogoku bridge

signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
size: oban
censor: kiwame
date: ca. 1820
pub: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo)
ref: L56,p152f and L71,p129 (sheets 2 and 3)


Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) - series and prints