C1865

40 Narumi the fortieth station on the Tokaido.

Magnificent woodblock by Toyohara Kunichika ( 1835 – 1900)) of the post-town of Narumi, the fortieth station on the Tokaido*, Its located in what is now part of the Midori-ku area of the city of Nagoya. The print depicts two … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

40 Narumi the fortieth station on the Tokaido.

Date:

C1865

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Paper Size: 

241mm 
x 358mm
AUTHENTICITY
40 Narumi the fortieth station on the Tokaido. - Antique Print from 1865

Genuine antique
dated:

1865

Description:

Magnificent woodblock by Toyohara Kunichika ( 1835 – 1900)) of the post-town of Narumi, the fortieth station on the Tokaido*, Its located in what is now part of the Midori-ku area of the city of Nagoya. The print depicts two women in a fabric shop looking a tie-died cloth which was typically used for making yukata summer kimono, and which was a speciality of the region. The shogun and his retinue can be seen in the background with Uma-jirushi * flying embellished with his mon*.

The views in this series depict the journey of Tokugawa Iemochi (1846-1866) the 14th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate from Edo to Kyoto on April 22, 1863 who had been summoned by the emperor. This was the first time in 230 years that a shogun had visited Kyoto. He travelled with over 3,000 retainers as an escort and with all the pomp and ceremony that was expected of a shogun. He is seen entering the town on his horse surrounded by retinue displaying the shogun’s Uma-jirushi.

A number of artists and publishers collaborated on this series.

*Tokaido literally means, the Eastern Sea Road and was the main feudal road in Japan that ran mainly along the coast for five hundred kilometers between the capital, Edo (Tokyo), where the Shogun* lived and Kyoto, where the Emperor resided. Over time, the fifty three stations became post-towns which supplied horses, porter stations, lodgings and food for travellers.

*Uma-jirushi were massive flags used in feudal Japan to identify a daimyo or shogun.

*Mon or kamon, are Japanese emblems used to identify an individual or clan and often seen on flags, clothing or uma-jirushi.

Published date/seal: 1865 (Genji 2/ Keio 1 V)

From the series, Suehiro gojusan tsugi (Fifty-Three Stations with a Folding Fan or Fan Tokaido). 

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900) Kunichika was a leading Japanese woodblock print artist and highly influential. Talented as a child, at about thirteen he became a student of Tokyo’s then leading printmaker Utagawa Kunisada. He produced numerous wood blocks of popular and famous Kabuki plays and actors of which he was very knowledgeable. He is best known for his prints of kabuki actors and scenes from popular plays of the time. Kunichika also made many bijinga (beautiful women) woodblocks.

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Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido ( - )

The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, was a  series of woodblock views first made famous by Utagawa Hiroshige in 1834. The Tokaido connected Edo where the shogun resided, with the then capital of Kyoto where the Emperor lived. It ran along the eastern coast of Honshu and along the road, there were 53 different post stations, which provided stables, food, and lodgings for travellers. The road ran through some of the most picturesque scenery in Japan. The series inspired generations of artists not only in Japan but in Europe.

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