Utagawa Yoshifuji [歌川芳藤] (1828-1887) was a pupil of Kuniyoshi Utagawa. He specialised in subjects of warriors and toy paintings. He also worked as an illustrator for children's books. I have just added this print of a woman and child to the catalogue. I cannot identify it beyond the fact it has Edo [東都] as a title. Does anyone have any additional information?
Here is another print made in 1857 (the year of the Snake). This one is by Yoshitora, who is best known for his "Yokohama" pictures (pictures of foreigners). Although we have a few prints by him, none are of non-Japanese themes.
The series of prints is called Modern Figures in a Contest of Flowers Hana kurabe imayô sugata [花競今様姿]. Each print shows a beauty (this one is looking at hair pins) and an associated flower. I have not been able to identify the flower depicted in this print.
We have been collecting netsuke and Japanese prints for several years, and hope
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