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Artist: Katsukawa Shunchō (勝川春潮)

Print: Two bijin visiting Shinobazu Pond at Ueno with a view of the Benten Shrine in the background

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Dates: circa 1787,created
Dimensions: 4.875 in,26.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
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Signed: Shunchō ga (春湖画)
Artist's seal: Nakabayashi
Publisher: Chichibuya Shōzaemon
(Marks 027 - seal 01-006)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Google maps - Shinobazu Pond, Tokyo;

Physical description:

Judging by the women's robes the season is probably summer. There are faint traces of 'splotches' seen on the surface of the pond. (These are still green in the example in Boston.) These represent the lily pads which bloomed there.

It is difficult to tell, but the pond which formed a backdrop for these beauties was probably a delicate blue. However, the blues made for prints at this time were so fugitive that they often were completely faded within a few days exposure to the light and air.

The woman on the left is carrying a fan which is decorated with irises and a prominent mimasu, the crest of the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō V - or maybe VI, depending on when this print was published.

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Some sources identify the artist's seal on this page as being Chūrin, but others whom we agree with say it should be read as Nakabayashi.