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

Print: 'A Geisha in her Dressing Room' (Mijimai geisha - 身じまい芸者) from the series 'A Collection of Modern Beauties' (Tōsei bijin awase - 当世美人合)

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Dates: created,circa 1826
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Moritaya Hanzō
(Marks 352 - seal 23-026)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Honolulu Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Waseda Universtiy; Hagi Uragami Museum of Art; National Diet Library; Ritsumeikan University - in black and white; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Lyon Collection - 'Sudden Shower' - another print from this series;Lyon Collection - 'Dance teacher' - another print from this series;

Physical description:

"I'm so attracted to her blue-tinted reflection in her hand mirror." [This is a direct quote by Mike Lyon, the owner of this print.]

In the fan motif at the top is a wrapped package and a razor.


"Ten prints from this series of half-length portraits of beauties are known. Five sheets are signed with the name Kōchōrō Kunisada... while the other five have Gototei Kunisada... His toshidama seal frames the series title cartouche and the print title is contained within a stylised 'decayed tree branch' (kuchiki) design."

Quoted from: Kunisada: imaging drama and beauty by Robert Schaap, p. 55.



1. In 歌川国貞:美人画を中心に, (Utagawa Kunisada : bijinga o chūshin ni), 1996, #91, p. 59.

2. UkiyoeTakei, vol. 10 [Kunisada], published by Shueisha., Tokyo. A detail from this print is illustrated on the front of this volume.

Loosely translated UkiyoeTakei could be 'A Survey of Ukiyo-e'.

3. In color in a small reproduction, #71, on page 160 of Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty.


There is another copy of this print in the collection of the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina.