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

Print: Bijin near the foot of a bridge

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Dates: circa 1825,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,15.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: konomi ni makasete Kunisada ga
任好国貞画 ('left to my taste, painted by Kunisada')
Publisher: Iseya Rihei (Marks 152 - seal 01-122)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Drexel University - probably middle print from this composition;

Physical description:

Near perfect to perfect color. However, some of the pink/reds, like those of the woman's undergarments, may have faded somewhat.

The woman's robe is decorated with large butterflies against a mesh netting, all printed in blue.

Despite this writer's particularly affection for this print, it is not absolutely perfect. If you enlarge it you will notice that there are any number of areas in the pines trees in the background where no color was printed at all and only the color of the paper shows through, but who cares?

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This print has very much the look of being the left sheet of a triptych.


image of the likely center panel to the print at Drexel University.