Signed: on the lateral sheets Toyokuni ga in the Toshidama cartouche, in the central sheet signature Yuki no kei oju Hiroshige hitsu (landscape with snow painted, on request, by Hiroshige)
Publisher: Moriya Jihei (Kinshindo)
Date seal: 12th month of the Tiger year (1854)
Superb and even impressions with karazuri (in the clothes and on the mantle of the snow rabbit). Pristine colour, fine condition.
In the fifties there were numerous collaborations between Kunisada and Hiroshige in designing individual prints or series.
The snow rabbit depicted on the right sheet is, by sure, an allusion to the coming New Year of the Rabbit, 1855.
Another impression is reproduced in the book by Andreas Marks, Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, Leiden 2012; plate 236, p. 229.