Kunisada: Actor with candle
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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) 1786-1865) / Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
Against a deep blue backdrop an actor sits in front of a burning candle, holding a tea bowl and pulling a woman’s yosegire kimono over his shoulder against the winter cold. The fan-shaped inset by Hiroshige II contains a view of snow-covered Emonzaka embankment in Shin-Yoshiwara on a winter evening.
Title: Shin-Yoshiwara Emonzaka
Series: Tôto shiki meisho zukushi (Famous places in the eastern capital, i.e. Edo, in the four seasons)
Signature: Ki-ô Toyokuni hitsu ( the 77-year-old old T. ), in Toshidama cartouche
Seal: Ichiryûsai (?) (landscape)
Blockcutter: Koizumi Hori Sen
Publisher: Sakanaya Eikichi (Uoei), Edo
Date: 1862, 11th month
Size: Vertical Ôban, 36.2 x 24.4 cm
Excellent impression and colours, with lustre and relief printing. Slightly trimmed at lateral margins, with traces of glue. Overall very nice condition.
From a rarely seen good series of half-length figures paired with landscapes. This print not in the Waseda collection.