Utagawa Yoshitora

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Signatures of Utagawa Yoshitora reading from left to right:
•“Ichimōsai Yoshitora ga(一猛斎 芳虎 画?)
•“Kinchōrō Yoshitora ga(錦朝楼 芳虎 画?)
•“Mōsai Yoshitora ga(孟斎 芳虎 画?)
Woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora of a Frenchman with a geisha, 1861
In this Japanese name, the family name is Utagawa.

Utagawa Yoshitora (歌川 芳虎?) was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints and an illustrator of books and newspapers who was active from about 1850 to about 1880. He was born in Edo (modern Tokyo), but neither his date of birth nor date of death is known. He was an important pupil of Utagawa Kuniyoshi who excelled in prints of warriors, kabuki actors, beautiful women, and foreigners (Yokohama-e).[1] He may not have seen any of the foreign scenes he depicted.[2]


  1. ^ Newland, Amy. (2005). The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Vol. 2, p. 505.
  2. ^ Roberts, Laurance P. (1976). A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer, p. 204.