Minakuchi, with a portrait of Choemon


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Toyokuni III

Minakuchi, with a portrait of Choemon, from Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi (the Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido)

Toyokuni III's 1852 series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" pairs kabuki portraits with the stations along the famous Tokaido Road. Each design features a half-length figure in the foreground, with a border of clouds separating the actor from the landscape above. Interestingly, the title cartouche of each print is framed by different objects related to the kabuki character or play, including armor and weapons, household objects, flowers, horse equipment, and traveler's clothing and baggage. The large expressive characters are beautifully drawn and detailed, with fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading in the backgrounds.


Condition: Margins as shown, very good condition, not backed.

Date: 1852

Engravers: Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) 

Publisher: Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô)