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Artist: Teisai Senchō (貞斎泉晁)

Print: Toyohana (豊花 ) of the Maru-Ebiya (丸海老屋内) from the series Comparisons of Courtesans and Flowers (Keisei hana kurabe - 傾城花競)

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Dates: created,1830s
Dimensions: Overall dimensions
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Signed: Seichōtei Senchō ga
青蔦亭泉晁画
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizō
(Marks 556 - seal 03-004)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another example from this series: standing courtesan; National Diet Library - in a book of prints - go to #52; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another example from this series: oiran with kamuro; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another example from this series: reclining oiran playing with a cat; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another example from this series: Onoyama of the Sugata-Ebiya; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another example from this series: Nanaoka of the Sugata-Ebiya; Tokyo Digital Museum - Kuninao print of Toyohana;

Physical description:

One of the most striking elements of this series is its use of Prussian Blue, especially pronounced in the title cartouche. Another curious feature of this print is the printed (or painted?) image on the panel seen just behind the courtesan. It too has a 'Seichōtei Senchō' signature.

It would appear from a sale at Christie's that Senchō did at least one other image of this courtesan beautifully attired. That print shows no signature or publisher, but the attribution seems solid.

Kuninao (1793-1854) also created a print of Toyohana on parade during New Year's.