Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Maisaka in Totomi Province
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.
Maisaka in Totomi Province - Lovely scene of two beauties riding in a boat. They sit on a tatami mat, watching the scenery with excitement, one gesturing eagerly. Their hats and a walking stick rest on the mat before them. Behind them, fishermen are at work pulling nets from the water and sails dot the horizon. The landscape above shows a lone fisherman on a quiet body of water. A very attractive design, nicely colored and detailed. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 13" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Most prints have multiple wormholes, repaired, blends well. Slight soiling. Please see photos for as sense of individual condition. Nice condition overall.