Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Usugumo (薄雲): No. 19, Wisps of Cloud / Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Cloudy Chapters of the Tale of Genji (Genji kumo ukiyoe awase - 源氏雲浮世絵合 )

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Dates: circa 1845 - 1846,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Iseya Ichiemon
(Marks 143 - seal 24-068)
Censor's seal: Mura

Related links: British Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Library; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; National Diet Library; Lyon Collection - another print from this series;Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg;

Physical description:

"Soma Yoshikado [相馬良門] (right) reading from a scroll with the Earth-spider behind him; Uto Yasukata [善知鳥安方] seated cross-legged in the foreground with a drawn sword." This quote is from the British Museum web site.

The curatorial files at the British Museum says of this print series: "Each of the fifty-four chapters of The Tale of Genji is named and is associated with a crest called a 'Genji-mon'. In this series, each of the first fifty-four prints portray various scenes from history, legend, and literature that are suggested by a specific chapter of the novel and the appropriate Genji-mon is shown in the upper left cartouche with a poem. This series consists of one design for each of the fifty-four chapters and six supplementary designs."


There are two prints from this series in the Lyon Collection.