Colour woodblock print, 1852, from the series in vertical oban format 69 Stations of the Kisokaidô Road; Robinson 1982, S74/4. Published by Izutsuya Shôkichi. Signed Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga, sealed with the red kirimon. Censors’ seals: Hama, Magome. Date seal for the fifth month of the Rat year 1852
Very good impression and colour; light trace of vertical fold in the center, otherwise in very good condition, backed. 358 x 240 mm.
The son of a silk-dyer, at the age of fourteen Kuniyoshi joined the Utagawa school, then headed by Toyokuni I. Kuniyoshi achieved his commercial and artistic breakthrough in 1827 with the first designs of the series the 108 heroes of the Suikoden. This series, based on an old Chinese novel from the 14th century, was about rebels and bandits. The artist designed many other successful prints of warriors and heroes and was even nicknamed Warrior print Kuniyoshi, but in fact he contributed to every branch of Ukiyo-e: theatrical prints, legendary and historical subjects, women, landscapes, comics, surimono, fan-prints and book-illustrations.