Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国) (artist 1777 – 1835)
Horse (Uma - 馬) from the series Elegant Women Likened to the Twelve Animals of the Zodiac (Fūryū azuma sugata jūnishi - 風流東姿十二支)
10.5 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) Color woodblock print
Gosotei Toyokuni ga
Artist's seal: toshidama (in red)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 25-363)
Inset signed: Kunikume ga
Ritsumeikan University - black and white only
Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the dragon
Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the hare
Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the ram There are 12 elegant women in this series, each accompanied by a cartouche with an animal of the zodiac. Those elements with the signs in the rectangular enclosures at the top were designed by either Kunikume (國久女), as seen in this print, or by Kunihiro (國弘). Eight were drawn by Kunihiro and four by Kunikume.
Illustrated in color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 8, p. 122.
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
Izumiya Ichibei (和泉屋市兵衛) (publisher)
mitate-e (見立て絵) (genre)
Jūnishi (十二支 - 12 signs of the Zodiac) (genre)