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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III):
Memorial portrait of actor Ichakawa Ebizo V?

Japan, Edo period, c. 1840s


Colour woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, vertical ôban (oban tate-e), 25.6 cm × 37.4 cm.


Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese: 歌川 国貞; also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (三代歌川豊国); 1786 – 12 January 1865) was the most popular, prolific and financially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. 

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