Artist: Utagawa Sadakage (歌川貞景)

Print: A Collection of Beautiful Women: The Pride of Edo — 江戸自慢美人揃

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Dates: created,circa 1830
Dimensions: 30.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock

Signed: Gokotei Sadakage ga - on the right and middle panels
Signed: Sadakage ga - on the left panel
Publisher: Tsuruya Kiemon (Marks 553 - seal 22-066)
Censor seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Keio University;

Physical description:

Three edo beauties relaxing; one feeding her child, one adjusting her coiffure and one stroking a pet cat as she reads 'The Tale of Genji'. This series of massive figure compositions were among the most dramatic bijinga designs of the early 19th century.

The series is extremely rare and is seldom if ever to be found with fine matching colors as here.