Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Bijin in a summer robe, standing before an insect merchant's portable booth, visiting a shrine temple during a festival - this is the left panel of a triptych entitled En'nichi no kei (ゑん日乃景) in the toshidama cartouche in the center panel

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Dates: 1820s,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - the whole triptych; National Diet Library - go to #54; Omiya Bonsai Museum - the whole triptych; Hankyu Culture Foundation - Similar Hokuei print from 1832;

Physical description:

The fan the woman is holding looks very much like it is decorated with a Hiroshige fish print. Also, as best we can tell the writing on the box attached to the vendor's blue and white checkered booth says something like: "Various different insects are sold in cages."


There are two Hokuei 1832 panels illustrated in Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 2, #288, p. 93. The one on the left shows a woman standing in almost the same position in almost the same summer clothing, in front of the portable stands of insect sellers. She, too, is holding a fan and has a white towel draped over her left shoulder. One particular difference between the Kunisada print and the Hokuei is that the Hokei has a small child in front of the woman.

The similarities are too great to be a coincidence.


There is also another copy of this print in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden.