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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Utagawa Hiroshige & Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III),
Famous Restaurants of the Eastern Capital: Ebizako no ju
(Toto Komei Kaiseki Zukushi: Ebizako no ju)

the inset landscape panel signed Hiroshige ga with artist's seal Hiro, the actor portrait signed Toyokuni ga within the artist's Toshidama cartouche, with publisher's seal Toriaburacho (Fujiokaya Keijiro of Shorindo), censor seals Hama and Magome, and date seal Ushi-ichi (year of the ox [1853], 1st month)
oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 10 in., 37 by 25.5 cm
The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII (1823-1854) in the role of Ebizako no ju from the play Hikinuide kasumi no nidomise. The placement in Ebiya Restaurant, as well as the illustration of a shellfish in the upper left, is a play on both the name of the kabuki character and a previous stage name for Danjuro VIII. Ebi means lobster or prawn, hence the second inset image (a majority of this series only had one), tying together the name of the restaurant, Ebiya, with Ebizako and Danjuro VIII through his previous title Ichikawa Ebizo VI, which he held from 1825 to 1832.
Reference:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (www.mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession nos. 11.30542
price: $ 750