Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

Print: 7:00 AM (午前七時) from the series 24 Hours at Shinbashi and Yanagibashi (Shinryū nijūyoshi - 新柳二十四時)

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Dates: circa 1880,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: ōju Yoshitoshi hitsu
Publisher: Nakamura Mitsu (Marks 373)
Carver: Hori Yata (彫弥太)

Related links: National Diet Library; Ritsumeikan University - in b & w;

Physical description:

This print represents a geisha praying by inscribed lanterns.


In Beauty and Violence: Japanese Prints by Yoshitosh: 1839-1892 the author states about this series on page 60: "The subject matter of this series is very conventional prints of beautiful women were designed by numerous Japanese print artists and one can hardly say that Yoshitoshi is very original in his approach here.... Yoshitoshi's prints of beautiful women are understandably less highly-valued than those designed by Hosoda Eishi (1756-1829). Katsukawa Shuncho (act. c. 1780-1800) and Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) a century earlier. But in this and in subsequent series, Yoshitoshi reflects the aesthetics of his age as much as his artistic forbears were representatives of their own time."