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Toyokuni III. 1786-1865.

Series: Yakusha Mitate: Actors at the 53 Stations of the Tokaido.

Date: 1852.

Size: vertical oban.

This is the artist's best series of actor bust portraits. The prints were designed to be diptychs; however most of the sheets appear singly.

The information on the large screens has been provided by Horst Graebner's excellent website on the artist's prints: Kunisada.

This series poses actors in famous roles set against locations of the Tokaido. The views of the stations of the Tokaido are modified versions of those made famous by Hiroshige with his first version of the series published by Hoeido some twenty years earlier. The actors were identified by their roles only due to prohibitions at the time- but the audience would have recognized the actors based on the character titles and their features as portrayed by Kunisada.

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Title Page. 13 1/8 x 3 1/4 inches. Five wormage holes. $50.

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Akasaka, Sawai.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 36.

Actor: Bando Mitsuemon.

Role: Sawai Kanbei.

Date: 1852.

Publisher: Izutsuya.

Carver: horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches)

Excellent color, good condition. $125.

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Chiryu.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 40.

Actor: Bando Takesaburo.

Role: Ariwara no Narihira.

Play: Ise Monogatari.

Date: 1852 (rat 3).

Censors' seals: Watanabe, Yonera.

Publisher: Iseya.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches).

Good color, impression and condition. Printed with gauffrage (embossing) in the white part of the robe. $175.

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Futakawa (Two Rivers). Station 34.

Actor: Futakawa: Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV.

Role: Ishikawa Tomoichi.

Date: 1852 (rat 5.)

Censors's seals: Hama, Magome.

Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagoro.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches).

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 34.

Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV.

Role: Ishikawa Tomoichi.

Date: 1852 (rat 5.)

Censors' seal: Hama, Magome.

Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagoro.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches).

Gauffrage (embossing) in the actor's robe. Sight soiling in the actor's right cheek; otherwise verygood condition. Excellent color, $150.

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Gontuzaka.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 5 (between Hodogaya and Totsuka).

Actor: Matsumoto Kinsho II

Role: Igami No Gonda

Date: 1852 (rat 8).

Censors' seals: Murata, Kinugasa.

Publisher: Kazusaya Iwakichi.

Size: vertical oban (14 1/2 x 10).

Fine color and condition.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Housed in a black wood frame with a gold lip and a grey silk mat. $200.

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Ishiyakushi.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido.

Actor: Sawamura Chojuro V.

Role: Yoshitaka.

Date: 1852 (rat 5).

Publisher: Itsutsuya.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10).

Two pale stains in the sky; otherwise good color and condition. Gauffrage (embossing)in the actor's right hand and robe. $125.

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Kyoto/Keishi.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 55.

Role:Ishikawa Goemon.

Date: 1852 (rat 6).

Publisher: Tsujioka Bunsuke.

Carver: Mino.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches)

Some soiling in the actor's right cheek; otherwise fine color and condition. $150.

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Mishima.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 12.

Actor: Segawa Kikunojo IV.

Role: Osen.

Date: 1852 (rat 3).

Publisher: Iseya.

Carver: Mino.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches)

Excellent color and impression. $175.

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Nihombashi.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 1.

Actor: Bando Mitsugoro III

Role: The Bonito Fish Peddler

Play: Shiki no Nagame Yosete Mitsudaij

Date: 1852 (rat 2).

Censors' seals: Fukushima Giemon

Publisher: Tsujioka Bunsuke

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches)

Paper losses, soiling. Good color. $75.

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Odawara

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 10.

Actor: Morita Kanya XI.

Role: Iinuma Katsugoro.

Date: 1852 (rat 4).

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata.

Publisher: Sumiyoshiya Masagoro.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches).

Good color apart from uneven inking in the sky. Good consition apart from repaired paper loss in the sky. Gauffrage (embossing)in the actor's right hand and robe. $125.

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Okazaki.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 2.

Date: 1852 (rat 5).

Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV.

Role: (Karaki) Masaemon.

Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi.

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10).

Good color and condition. Gauffrage (embossing)in the bridge. $175.

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Sakanoshita

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 49.

Date: 1852 (rat 5).

Actor: Matsumoto Koshiro VI.

Role: Jirozo.

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome;

Publisher: Izutsuya Shokichi.

Carver: Horitake.

Size: vertical oban. (14 x 10)

Good color and condition. $125.

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Seki.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 48.

Date: 1852 (rat 5).

Actor: Iwai Hanshiro VII.

Role: Koman.

Publisher: Sumiyoshiya Masagoro.

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10).

Gauffrage (embossing) in the actor's robe and hair. VeryhGood color and condition. $175

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Shinagawa.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 2.

Date: 1852 (rat ).

Actor: Matsumoto Koshiro V.

Role: Banzuin Chobei.

Publisher:Fuku, Muramatsu.

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10).

Gauffrage (embossing) in the actor's clothing and hair. Fair color and condition. $125.

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Shono.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 46.

Date: 1852 (rat ).

Actor: Bando Hikosaburo IV .

Role: Nakano Tobei.

Publisher: Sumiyoshiya Masagoro.

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10).

Gaufrage (embossing) in the actor's robe. Light soiling in the actor's cheek; otherwise good color and condition. $150.

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Totsuka.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station #6 .

Actor: Ichikawa Danjuro VIII.

Role: Hayano Kanpei.

Play: Kanadehon Chushingura.

Date: 1852 (rat 3).

Publisher: Tsujiokaya Bunsuke.

Censors' seals: ?.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches)

Gauffrage (embossing) in the robe. Good color and condition. $175

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Tsuchiyama.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station 50.

Actor: Ichikawa Kodanji IV.

Role: Ichikawa Kodanji IV. (Princess Wakana disguised as Kogeshiro, the woman of humble birth).

Date: 1852 (rat 5).

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome.

Publisher: Izutsuya Shokichi.

Carver: Mino.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches)

Gauffrage (embossing) in the actor's robe. Good color and condition. $175.

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Yoshiwara.

Series: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Station .

Actor: Arashi Rikan III.

Role: Tonase.

Play: Kanadehon Chushingura.

Date: 1852 (rat 3).

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe.

Publisher: Izutsuya Shokichi.

Carver: Horitake.

Signed: Toyokuni ga.

Size: vertical oban (14 x 10 inches)

Excellent color and condition. Embossing in the collar. $175.

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Toyokuni III.

Traditional Ukiyoe.

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