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    Sale 7432

    Japanese Prints, including The B.W. Robinson Collection

    7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 640

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

    Price Realised  


    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
    A shini-e [memorial portrait] of the immensely popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII who committed suicide at the early age of 32 in 1854, the left-hand panels contain thirty-nine poems (proof of his tremendous popularity) set against a faint background of the seven flowers of autumn, signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi, seal Kuniyoshi; and twenty-four single-sheet shini-e of kabuki actors, various signatures etc, varying impressions, colours and condition
    Oban tate-e triptych (25)

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    For another impression of the triptych see Juzo Suzuki, Utagawa Kuniyoshi Exhibition Catalogue (Tokyo, 1996), no.131

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