Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797 - 1861)
Very comical triptych woodblock print "其まま地口 猫飼好五十三疋" Sonomama Jiguchi Myokaiko Gojusanbiki (Cats Suggested as the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road) is by Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861). Published by Watanabe. Very high-quality recarved edition. The title of this triptych print is a parody of the fifty-three stations on the Tōkaidō. The prints have 55 illustrations of cats a play on words based on the name of the 53 stations, and additional 2 stations "Nihonbashi" and "Kyoto". Title on the upper right corner of the print (right side). Artist's signature "Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi Giga" on the right side of each prints. (Giga means caricature) The original publisher's seal "Ibasen" on the lower left corner of the print (left side). Watanabe publisher seal on the bottom corner of each print.
According to Watanabe publisher, center and left prints have very thin right margins, however, the original prints also had the same very thin margin. The printing is faithful to the original, NOT trimmed.
Print size: 10 and 7/8 x 16 inches (27.7 x 40.7 cm) each
Image size: 10 x 14 and 7/8 inches (25.3 x 37.8 cm) each
Signed: "Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi Giga" on the right side of each print. (Giga means caricature)
Condition: Pristine condition.
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