Original Seikichi (active circa 1870s) Japanese Woodblock Print
Shizuoka (formerly Fuchu) in Suruga
Series; Calligraphy and Pictures for the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, 1872
Calligraphy and Pictures for the Fifty-three Stations - Terrific design from a Tokaido Road series pairing images with verses in calligraphy for the different stations. Different artists contributed designs, including Yoshitora and Kunisada II. The large pictures include landscapes, figures from history and legend, and scenes from kabuki plays and folktales. Several prints feature comic illustrations, including the adventures and mishaps of Kita and Yaji, the bumbling travelers from the popular novel "Shank's Mare." Others include travelers in Western attire or distinctly modern Meiji subjects. These imaginative prints are beautifully detailed with attractive color and fine line work, and offer an interesting Meiji era take on the classic Tokaido subject. A great choice for collectors interested in life along the Tokaido Road.
Shizuoka (formerly Fuchu) in Suruga - Terrific scene of the entrance to the Miroku licensed quarter by the Abe River in Fuchu. A groom leads a horse at left as he is greeted by an aproned beauty carrying a paper lantern. The tall wooden entrance is framed by a willow tree at left, and a row of teahouses can be seen just inside and the deep purple night sky. The circular verse inset featuring delicate cloth embossing in the background. Nicely detailed.
Artist - Seikichi (active circa 1870s)
Image Size - 13" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling. Please see photos for as sense of individual condition. Nice condition overall.