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Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川歌麿)

Print: Married man and widow with a smoking set beside them from the series
Unraveling the Threads of Desire (Negai no ito-guchi - ねがいの糸口)

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Dates: 1799,created
Dimensions: 14.25 in,9.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art;

Physical description:

The curatorial comments from the British Museum read: "Negai no itoguchi is the second of the three great sets of shunga prints by Utamaro, published eleven years after his early triumph with Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow; Shunga, cat. nos. 48, 49). In the intervening years the artist’s style matured and became, if anything, even more voluptuous. (The third set would be Ehon Komachi-biki [Picture Book: Pulling Komachi], of 1802.)"