Kuniyoshi: Travellers on the Tokaido roadKuniyoshi: Travellers on the Tokaido road
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)

Travellers on a pine alley at the Tokaido road. The peak of Mount Fuji rises majestically into the sky in the background.

Title: (The stations) Hara - Yoshiwara - Kambara

Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan-eki sanshuku meisho (Famous Views of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road - three stations each)

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi shuku-zu

Publisher: Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) and Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô), Edo

Date: c. 1835

Size: Horizontal Ôban, 25,5 x 37,8 cm (overall)

Fine early impression, with the blue mountain range on the horizon to the right, which is often missing. Colours a little faded, but still very good. Unbacked, wide margins. Slightly soiled at margins, upper margin edge uneven, partially a little thinner. Very good overall condition. Verso (unidentified) red collector`s seal.
A very impressive, rare print, from one of the few, sought-after landscape series by the artist. The series title varies depending on the number of stations on the (altogether twelve) prints.
MFA Boston dates this series to 1830-35, Marks, Publishers (P8036) to c. 1838-42.
Robinson 1961, No. 10. Robert Schaap, Heroes & Ghosts, Leiden 1998, p. 271f, No. 20.4. Cf. also Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation, No. 54755.397; MFA Boston, Bigelow Collection, No. 11.22952.