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Tsujiokaya Bunsuke

辻岡屋文助 (Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke)

Tsujiokaya Bunsuke published actor prints by Toyokuni from around 1814. Although out decreased from the late 1820s, by the late 1840s, Tsujiokaya Bunsuke was booming because of actor prints by Toyokuni. In 1852, Tsujiokaya Bunsuke published Hiroshige's Sixty-nine Stations on the Kisokaido - Kiso kaido rokujukyu tsugi jointly with other publishers. Hirokage worked almost exclusively for Tsujiokaya Bunsuke. From the mid-1850s Tsujiokaya Bunsuke successfully published illustrated books, becoming a more important product than prints by the late 1860s. Kunisada II and Etiaku were the main contributors of illustrated books. There is at least one print from a publisher called Tsujiokaya Bun'ya working at the same address as Tsujiokaya Bunsuke in 1880, but the relationship between them is not known. See Andreas Marks. "Japanese Woodblock Prints, Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900". Tuttle Publishing, Tokyo (2010). p 262-263.

Japanese Woodblock Ukiyo-e Print: Utagawa Hirokage. T.Sakai Guarantee. (c.1859)

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