Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: A print from the series Lingering Sentiments of a Late Collection of Genji (Genji goshū yojō - 源氏後集余情): - the woman represents Chapter 6, Suetsumuhana (The Safflower - 末摘花)

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Dates: 1857,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.2 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock prints

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Sakanaya Eikichi
(Marks 442 - seal 24-007)
Carver: Yokogawa Takejirō
Censor seal: aratame
Date: 11/1857

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna;

Physical description:

The title of this series, Lingering Sentiments of a Late Collection of Genji (Genji goshū yojō), is actually a pun on The Fifty-four Chapters of the Tale of Genji (Genji gojūyojō).


The British Museum curatorial files state: "... 38 diptychs plus one frontispiece comprising all the known designs from the series Genji goshū yojō (Lasting Impressions of a Late Genji Collection; 1857-61). Based on the serialized novel Nise Murasaki inaka Genji (A Country Genji by a Fake Murasaki; chapters 1-38, published 1829-42) by Ryutei Tanehiko, and its sequel Sono yukari hina no omokage (A Related Rustic Visage; chapters 39-61, published1847-64) by Tanehiko's followers. Both novels illustrated by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)."


Another example is illustrated and listed in Genji‘s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints by Andreas Marks, page 138.


There is also another copy of this print in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden.