Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Mishima in Izu Province: Women at an Inn
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.
Mishima in Izu Province: Women at an Inn - Attractive scene of two women stopping at an inn in Mishima, relaxing after a day of traveling. The beauty kneeling at left holds a slender pipe, smiling as she looks up at her companion, who giggles behind her sleeve. The verse above is framed with a border of delicate greenery, with a carp swimming beneath rippling water at left. Lovely detail in the faces and hairstyles, and fine shading in the water. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few holes, repaired. Toning, faint stain at top right, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.