Yoshitora: Station Fujieda on the Tokaido
Artist: Utagawa Yoshitora (active ca. 1850-1880)
Title: Station Fujieda 藤枝
A row of women in a shop bow before the shogun’s procession. Our view is from inside the shop, and we see the shogun’s men marching with mathematical precision in formation across the middle portion of the design. This series was commissioned by the authorities to promote the shogun’s procession from Edo to Kyoto in 1863. Sixteen of the major print artists of the time were enlisted for this large project, from the youthful Yoshitoshi to the elderly Kunisada. The shogun lost power not long after this expensive show of force.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Signature: Yoshitora ga