Handsome design from an untitled series of horizontal kabuki prints by Toyokuni III dating from 1847 - 1852.
The views of court life and travel during various seasons are documented with a wonderful attention to detail, including luxurious fabrics and elegant architectural settings. These prints are beautifully drawn with fine line work, with vibrant coloring and soft shading adding depth to the images. These designs provide a terrific look at upper-class Japanese life during the time of Genji.
This horizontal oban format is an interesting departure from the more commonly seen vertical oban actor prints, allowing Toyokuni III to create detailed settings for the characters. These images provide a nice context for the interaction between the figures.