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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
Shadow Pictures of a Benevolent Reign: Reading a Book
(Arigataki miyo no kage-e: Ehon)

signed Kochoro Toyokuni ga, with censor's seal Mera (Mera Ta'ichiro), and publisher's seal Marusei han, Shiba Shinmeimae (Maruya Seijiro), 1844
oban tate-e 14 3/8 by 9 3/4 in., 36.6 by 24.8 cm
This scarce series with (apparently) only five designs recorded, features of half-length images of beauties illuminated by a beam of light cast by lanterns or light filtered by closed shoji panels.
Reference:
Andreas Marks, Publisher's of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium, 2011, seal no. 27-010.
price: $ 1,500