Kuniyoshi: Chapter 19, Usugumo (Wisps of Cloud)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Chapter 19, Usugumo (Wisps of Cloud)
Series: Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji (Genji kumo ukiyo-e awase)
The yellow-eyed Earth Spider descends spookily behind Soma Yoshikado, who holds a scroll, and Utou Yasukata, left, who grasps his bare sword. The title cartouche in the shape of a handscroll on the top shows a chapter from Genji Monogatari, along with a waka poem that relates to the chapter. Below is the mitate (comparison picture), and the text of the historical background. This work is in unusually fine condition.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Iseya Ichibei
Literature: Robinson S45.19.
Seal: Censor’s: Murata Heiemon (single seal 1842-46)
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga