Kunisada: Genji strolling by nightKunisada: Genji strolling by night
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Kunisada: Genji strolling by nightKunisada: Genji strolling by night
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Kunisada: Genji strolling by nightKunisada: Genji strolling by night
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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865)

Prince Genji, accompanied by two elegant beauties, walking across a bridge in the garden of his palace on a full moon night.

Signature: Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (right, left) and Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (middle)

Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô), Edo

Censors: Muramatsu and Fuku

Date: 1849-51

Size: Oban triptych, c. 35 x 72 cm (overall)

Very good impression and colours, using some metal pigment (oxidized). Slightly trimmed, thin old backing. Three separate sheets. In bottom area partly smudged. Right sheet with vertical fold along margin, slight rubbing and small paper defects in margin. In bottom of right sheet backing on verso partly removed, partial paper thinning. Middle sheet with faint vertical fold line along right margin. Overall very good condition of this lovely night scene.

Andreas Marks, Genji‘s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. Leiden 2012, p. 262, G162. Cf. also MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll. No. 11.43566a-c. MAK Wien KI 7627.175/176/177

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