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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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Biography:

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 earlist 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