The Flower of Edo, Yoshiwara
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Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III), Japanese, (1786–1864)
The Flower of Edo, Yoshiwara, 1863
Ink on Paper
13 1/4 in. x 8 15/16 in. (336.55 mm x 227.01 mm)
Three images, text in all. This is the same series as "Billand Cover of Book of Prints" by different artists (no accession number).
This print is designed to seem like a collage of prints about Edo (now Tokyo). The Kabuki actor portrait is supposedly by Toyokuni, the courtesan by Hokusai. The puppy sits next to a waterbucket in Yoshiwara, the government licensed brothel area. A print like this might have been sold as a tourist item (comparable to a postcard collage of Hollywood scenes), but it also allowed Yoshitoshi to pay homage to the ukiyo-e tradition, of which he was the last great practitioner.
Seals all over all three images that make up the piece. On mat, in pencil: Marer 392. Description of scene on verso of mat. Signed: Yoshitoshi hitsu, Shichiju hachi o Toyokuni ga and Ho. Carver: Hori Ota Tashichi. Censor's seal: Aratame and date (I-hachi) on single seal.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.
Edo period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of three different scenes; two of objects and one a portrait.
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