Utagawa Kunihiro (歌川国広) (artist )

Ganjōsai ( - 丸丈齋)
Kōnantei ( - 江南亭)
Sanshōtei ( - 三昇亭)
Shinshō II (poetry name - 二代目新折)
Takigawa (original family name - 滝川)



Active ca 1816 - 1835. Osaka print designer. Kunihiro may have been associated with Utagawa Toyokuni I; otherwise, his teachers are unknown. He was an important yakusha-e artist during the early and middle periods of Osaka printmaking, with a number of pupils (the most important being Ryusai Shigeharu). Among Kunihiro's first compositions were oban nishiki-e sets depicting Nakamura Utaemon III in hayagawari (quick-change) dances...

Source: The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints.


Laurance P. Roberts gives a different end date for this artists productivity. He said he was active between ca. 1815 and 1843.


The British Museum says: "One of the most talented artists producing actor prints in Osaka in the 1820s, Kunihiro was also known as Tenmaya Kunihiro. About seventy per cent of his prints were issued by the publisher Tenmaya Kihei, so it is possible they were one and the same individual."