Kunichika Toyohara, Prince Genji, Eight Views of Edo

£250
SKU
JG011926-9
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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kunichika Toyohara (1835-1900)
Title: Katada no Rakugan from Eight Views of Edo
Publisher: Kiya Sojiro
Date: 1865
Size: (L)24.1 x 34.8 (C)24.1 x 34.9 (R)24 x 34.8 cm
Condition: Restored on the top left corner of the right panel, paper residue on the back, slightly trimmed, minor creases, minor tears.

Written in the 11th century by the noble woman Murasaki Shikibu, 'The Tale of Genji' shows the pastimes and customs of the imperial elite that are described in detail, giving readers an insight to the distinct court culture of the Heian period (794-1185).


In the Edo period (1603-1868), 'The Tale of Genji' was imagined and reimagined countless times. In both archaic and contemporary forms, the story had been relocated from the old capital of Kyoto to the new audience Edo. A key proponent to the reinvigoration of this classic tale was the extremely popular serialisation of Ryutei Tanehiko's (1783-1842) illustrated book False Murasaki and a Rural Genji, a loose adaptation that interwove contemporary culture to the original plot.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Kunichika Toyohara
Title Katada no Rakugan from Eight Views of Edo
Subject Male & Female, Kimono Design
Dimensions (L)24.1 x 34.8 (C)24.1 x 34.9 (R)24 x 34.8 cm
Condition Report Restored on the top left corner of the right panel, paper residue on the back, slightly trimmed, minor creases, minor tears.