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A Framed Woodblock Print by Utagawa Kunisada Edo

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A Framed Woodblock Print by Utagawa Kunisada  Edo
This is a fine Japanese woodblock print depicting a Samurai looking down at a seated woman who carries a black and white umbrella. She is surrounded on two sides by attendants carrying straw umbrellas. The print measures 18 3/8 by 14 framed the image is standard oban size 14 1/8 by 10 . The colors are quite vibrant and the registration is excellent. Condition is very fine with no tears or holes. It has not been examined out of the frame. (The small yellow rectangle seen in the upper right corner of a few of the photos is an unfortunate reflection of a ceiling light while taking the photos.) The artist is signed and the characters have been translated as Artist: "Kunisada-Ga"(painted by Kunisada) - Publisher: "Yamajin-ban" (Yamajin edition) - Carver: " Choko (carver) Ushi".

Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880) was a Japanese ukiyo-e printmaker, one of three to take the name "Utagawa Kunisada." A pupil of Utagawa Kunisada I, he signed much of his early work "Baidō Kunimasa III." He took the name Kunisada after marrying his master's eldest daughter in 1846. He changed his name once more following his master's death, to Toyokuni III. However, since there were three artists called Toyokuni before him, Kunisada II is now often known as Toyokuni IV. Kunisada II is renowned for his prints. His favorite subjects were pleasure-houses and tea ceremonies. These themes are sometimes found together in some of his prints, as geishas usually acted as chaperones at tea-houses.

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