Artist: Utagawa Toyohiro (歌川豊広)

Alternate names:
Ichiryūsai ( - 一柳斎)
Tōjirō (nickname - 藤次郎)
Okajima [or Okazaki] Tōjirō (original family name -岡島藤次郎)

Lifetime: 1773 - 1828

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According Sebastian Izzard Toyohiro was the younger brother of Toyokuni I. This is difficult for us to reconcile since both appear to have different original family names, but we shall defer, for now, to Izzard's scholarship and not our own. James Michener, on the other hand, noted the same bit of information, but said that they were not brothers and that this was due to someone's erroneous reading of a tombstone.


Toyohiro was an Edo print designer, book illustrator, and painter. A student of Utagawa Toyoharu and fellow student with Utagawa Toyokuni I. His earliest prints are calendar prints from 1788. His earliest book illustrations appear in kyōkobon published in 1793. He was a popular illustrator of kibyōshi from 1802 to 1806; he then turned to illustrating gōkan and yomihon, for a total of over 150 books. Ove rthe course of his career, he worked with such notable authors as Takizawa Bakin, Santō Kyōden, and Jippensha Ikku. He was well known for bijinga genre paintings during the Kansei era (1789 - 1801), working in a style approximating that of Utamaro and Eishi. His students included the celebrated Utagawa Hiroshige.

Source: Amy Reigle Newland, The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Pints


"Ukiyo-e painter, printmaker. Born and lived in Edo. With Toyokuni, studied under Utagawa Toyoharu, whose studio he entered about 1782. Was given the name of Utagawa Toyohiro and allowed to use his master's of Ichiryūsai. Also studied Kanō painting. In the print field designed hosoban and surimono and helped the development of landscape print, which influenced his pupil Hiroshige. Bijin and landscape his usual themes; his major works, designed mostly in the 1790s, are comparatively rare. His style close to that of Eishi, his figures having the same attenuated grace. In history of ukiyo-e chiefly distinguished for having had Hiroshige among his pupils. His paintings quite elegant; a good landscape artist. Also an able illustrator of story books."

Quoted from: A Dictionary of Japanese Artist... by Laurance P. Roberts, p. 186.