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A Chushingura Parody

A work made of color woodblock print; hashira-e (pillar print).
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  • A work made of color woodblock print; hashira-e (pillar print).


c. 1787


Utagawa Toyokuni I 初代 歌川 豊国
Japanese, 1769–1825

About this artwork

In this version of the parody based on Act VII, a young man stands on the veranda reading a long love letter. A young woman, seated on the ground outside a fence, also reads the letter and is apparently greatly amused by its contents. Another young woman seated on a balcony looks down on the scene. It is thought that the artist designed this print at the age of eighteen.


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Arts of Asia


Utagawa Toyokuni I


A Chushingura Parody


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Color woodblock print; hashira-e (pillar print)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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