Kunichika: Tomoeya Restaurant, Yanagibashi (Sold)

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Artist: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)
Title: Tomoeya Restaurant, Yanagibashi
Series: Thirty-six Restaurants in the New Era (Meiji): KAIKA SANJU-ROKU KAISEKI
Date: 1878

On a rainy evening we see a woman ducking beneath the entrance to a Tomoeya Restaurant, opening her umbrella as she steps into the street. In front of her is a man who probably works for the restaurant who holds a lantern to guide the woman safely home. This design is a terrific study of architectural elements as well as the bold garment patterns and prominent umbrellas. This is a beautifully printed first edition, with mica in the sky and the rain printed in a very soft silver that can only be seen when the print is examined in person.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Unbacked and untrimmed.
Dimensions: ôban 37 x 24.8 cm
Publisher: Asai Gijiro
Signature: Toyoharu Kunichika hitsu