A woman and child collecting pine saplings
A woman and child collecting pine saplings
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Japanese prints

Utagawa Toyokuni II (Toyoshige)

1777 - 1835

A woman and child collecting pine saplings - 1820 - 25

Colour woodcut
Size: Shikishiban, mm 213 x 184
Signed: Toyokuni hitsu
Sealed: ‘Ichiyosai’ and ‘Utagawa’
Date: 1820 c.: the surimono is probably a calendar print for 1820, with the numbering of the months on the paper casing.
Fine impression, with metallic printing and embossing, fine unfaded colour, particularly the fugitive purple.

Very good condition.

Another impression is in the Boston Fine Arts Museum, (accession n. 11.19996) (link).

Comments on: Utagawa Toyokuni II (Toyoshige)

Utagawa Toyokuni II was a pupil and son-in-law of Toyokuni I, and after his Master's death in 1825 he took the name of Toyokuni. His favourite subjects were actor prints and 'Bijinga', pictures of beautiful women and he follows the taste of Toyokuni I. He left a refined 'corpus' of surimono.