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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada II (二代歌川国貞)

Print: Bijin reading a letter by lantern light - from the series 'A Collection of Modern Beauties'
Tōsei bijin soroe no uchi (當盛美人揃之内)

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Dates: 1855,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichijusai Kunisada ga
一寿斎国貞画
Publisher: Ebisuya Shōshichi (Marks 039 - seal 26-007)
Date seal: 12/1855
Censor's seal: aratame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another print from this series; Lyon Collection - another print from this series;Tokyo Metropolitan Library - another print from this series; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - and yet another print from this series; National Museums of Scotland;

Physical description:

The 'beauties' in this series appear to be either geisha or prostitutes associated with particular restaurants or teahouses used a places of assignation.

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There are two prints from this series in the Lyon Collection.