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Artist Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Title (Onoe Kikugoro III) as Yugao
Series Edo Murasaki Gojuyojo – 54 Chapters of Edo Purple
Date 8/1852
Publisher Moriya Jihei
Format Oban (9 7/8" X 14 1/4")
Comment Embossing, silver rain
This series features actor portraits by Toyokuni III and backgrounds by his students. This background is signed "Hirosada, student of Kunimasu". The 2 Osaka artists visited Edo in 1852 and designed prints with Toyokuni III, Kunimasu's teacher. A very rare example of Hirosada's work, illustrated in Hirosada, Osaka Printmaker, p.23.
Price $450.
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