||Kunisada (Toyokuni III)|
||(Onoe Kikugoro III) as Yugao|
||Edo Murasaki Gojuyojo – 54 Chapters of Edo Purple|
||Oban (9 7/8" X 14 1/4")|
||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.