Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
A beauty adjusting her makeup (化粧) from the series "Types of the Floating World Seen Through a Physiognomist's Glass" (Ukiyo jinsei tengankiyō - 浮世人精天眼鏡)
9.75 in x 14.25 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Artist's seal: double toshidama in red
Publisher: Moriya Jihei (Marks 353 seal 01-079)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - image only
National Diet Library
Ritsumeikan University - black and white reproduction
"This series of ten half-length portraits features studies, in the style of Utamaro, of women examined with the magnifying glass of a professional physiognomist. The glass itself appears as the border to the title cartouche. The geisha depicted here wears a simple striped robe of the sort favored in the Fukugawa section of Edo. The long inscription by the author Santō Kyōzan [山東京山: 1767-1858], the younger brother of Santō Kyōden (1761-1816), is a commentary on her type."
Quoted from: Kunisada's World, Japan Society/Ukiyo-e Society, Sebastian Izzard, 1993, p. 127.