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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
  Station #38, Fujikawa, from the series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido

Date: 1835, first edition, published by Sanoya Kihei and Moriya Jihei, with both publisher's seals
Size: chuban, approx. 7.25" x 10.1" (overall)
Condition: VG, trimmed, backed, minor soils
Impression: VG, early printing, excellent registration and surface texture
Color: VG, excellent original color
Notes: Kunisada designed several Tokaido sets during his career. This series was the first. Each print depicts a Japanese beauty (bijin) in front of landscapes related to a particular stations of the Tokaido Road. In 45 of the prints the landscape duplicates Hiroshige's well known Hoeido edition designs. It has been guessed that Hiroshige had not yet finished his Tokaido set when Kunisada, based on the popularity of Hiroshige's venture, decided to produce his own Tokaido copying Hiroshige's well known landscapes for his backgrounds. However, as Hiroshige had not yet finished his entire set, Kunisada had to produce his own landscapes for the latter stations and added a second print for Kyoto so that his chuban Tokaido series would be divisible by two and could be released in book form.