the Tokaido sometimes in his long career. This series
is the first known. Shown are bijin in front of landscapes
related to the stations of the Tokaido in chuban format.
In most cases the landscapes were taken from the famous Hiroshige
Stations of the Tokaido Tokaido Gojusan tsugi no Uchi,
ca.1834-1835 (see stations
#1 to #41 and #44).
For the facts why Kunisada designed some landscapes by his own
and why the series include 56 prints and not the for a Tokaido
series normal 55 prints Mr. Stuart Jackson suggest the
following: "In the early 1830s, perhaps in
order to help promote Hiroshige's first 53 Stations on the
Tokaido series which was being issued at the time, Kunisada
appropriated the Hiroshige designs, added a beauty in the
foreground, and issued his own chuban series published by
Sanoki.. As the Hiroshige set had not fully been issued,
Kunisada created completely new compositions for the latter
stations and added a second print for Kyoto (so the pages would
be divisable by two).
The first edition of this series seems to have been
published by Sanoya Kihei and Moriya Jihei together, the prints
bear the seal of both publishers and also a red kiwame seal.
Later editions have only one publisher seal, either Sanoya Kihei
or Moriya Jihei.
There is also a Shunga series existing where Kunisada
designed couples making love infront of the landscapes taken
from the Hiroshige designs. But I do have only 11 prints from
this series in my catalogue, so I canīt say whether there are
also prints with backgrounds not designed by Hiroshige.
And I found one fan print by Kunisada from the station "Maruko"
with identical design as the print from the this Tokaido series
(the fan print is dated to 1836). But this print has no title
cartouche, so itīs not possible to say whether itīs from a
For comparing Hiroshigeīs designs
are shown, too.
Tokaido - Part One (Data)