Unidetified prints by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

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Unidetified prints by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Museum fuer Kommunikation

In the collection of our museum there are some japanese prints we can not identify. Our predecessor, the Reichspostmuseum (Imperial Postal Museum) wanted to collect “the means of communication of all times and all nations”. Therefore, there we have a number of ukiyo-e in our collection the museum acquired at the end of the 19th century. Unfortunately, however, they were not properly identified and we cannot be experts on all the topics in our collection.

We have a number of prints made by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). Can anybody help to identify these prints?
Thank you very much.
Frank Gnegel

Frank Gnegel these prints

  • lucienne parkan

    The third print is by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, here signing Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 國芳 画)

    It's from the series entitled
    The Hundred Poets (Hyaku-nin isshu, 百人一首内)
    Publisher : Ebisu-ya Shokichi (c. 1840-1842)

    Number: 23
    Poet: Ôe no Chisato (大江千里)
    Scene: Two bearers on the road with an empty palanquin and a full moon with halo above
    Robinson: S19.23

    The poem translates:
       As I view the moon,
       Many things come into my mind,
       And my thoughts are sad;
       Yet it’s not for me alone,
       That the autumn time has come.

  • Horst

    You sent me the pictures of the prints and an answer is almost ready; I will send it to you later today.

    A note about the publisher of the Kuniyoshi print: It is not certain whether the three characters "ヱヒ子" (ebisu) in the publisher's logo actually stand for "Ebisuya Shōkichi".

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