Toyokuni I, Actor Portrait

Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825) Actor Portrait, 1810’s. Oban.

An exceptionally beautiful print by Toyokuni 1st from the early 1810’s. The print depicts an unidentified actor in a black robe carrying two swords under a cherry tree. The state of preservation of the fugitive vegetable colours is superb (especially and unusually the delicate wine-red) and the piece has a terrific freshness and quality unusual for the period.

This is a hugely elegant and typical print by Toyokuni. The colour and impression are very fine and with the exception of two small wormholes at the edges, the condition is very good.

38cm x 25cm.