A Japanese Woodblock Print by Toyokuni 3rd., Kyosai, Kunihisa and Hiroshige 2nd. 1862. Edo Period
14 1/2 x 10 ins. (36.8 x 25.4 cms) This dramatic design is from the series Edo no Hana Meisho-e (The Flowers of Edo; A Collection of Famous Places) published by Katoya Seibei. The upper design of a lumber yard is jointly signed by Hiroshige 2nd. and Kunihisa, the lower right actor portrait of Sawamura Chojuro as Kibun Daijin is by Toyokuni 3rd. and the fish by Kyosai.
The series, started in 1862, was planned to have 100 designs but the death of Kunisada (Toyokuni 3rd.) at the beginning of 1865 brought the project to a premature end having published 70 designs only. It is remarkable that in toto the series featured the work of 21 different Edo artists of the Utagawa school. There is a density of symbolism much of which would only have been intelligible to an Edo-ite. E.g. the title cartouche top left is topped by a representation of a 3-dimensional banner carried by Edo firemen in their annual parade. The extract below is from a description of another example of the print in Boston Museum of Fine Arts;
"The term “flowers of Edo” (Edo no hana) can refer, among other things, to fires. The title panel for each print in this series shows the lanterns and identifying standard (matoi) for one of the brigades of firefighters (hikeshi) assigned to various districts. On the west side of the Sumida River were 48 brigades named for the symbols of the kana syllabary and grouped into 8 numbered groups (1 to 10, minus the bad-luck numbers 4 and 7). On the east side of the river, brigades were numbered and assigned to directional groups. Outlying districts were covered by special brigades, here designated “extra” (bangai). Each title gives the name or number of a brigade, its group, and its district, followed by the kabuki scene chosen to match it"The print is in good condition with no repairs, there is slight fading, a light album backing, slight trimming to the left hand margin and minor scuffing of the surface above the fish. A detailed account of the series and its significance can be found on Wikipedia (enter Edo no Hana Meisho-e in the search box).
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PRINTING NOT A FACSIMILE OR REPRINT
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