Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国) (artist 1769 – 02/24/1825)

Elegant women with attendants in a parody of a daimyō's procession - this is the center 3 of 5 panels


ca 1797
31 in x 15.25 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock prints

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Wakasaya Yoichi
(Marks 573 - seal 07-008)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - all 5 panels
Metropolitan Museum of Art - 3 panels including the one on the far left missing from the Lyon Collection
The National Museum of Asian Art - the full composition
Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha, Krakow - all 5 panels
Yale University Art Gallery - center panel misidentified as being by Kunisada

There is another copy of the full pentaptych at the Worcester Art Museum.



1) In color - all 5 panels - in the frontispiece spread over two pages in Masterpieces of Japanese Prints: The European Collections - Ukiyo-e from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kodansha International, 1991.

2) In color over two pages in Japanese Prints by Catherine David, 2010, Éditions Place des Victoires, pp. 164-165.


There is another copy of this triptych in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden.
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
mitate-e (見立て絵) (genre)
Wakasaya Yoichi (若狹屋与市) (publisher)
Mount Fuji (富士山) (genre)