Series; Contest of Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters
Hanabito of the Ogiya - Lovely portrait of the beauty Hanabito of Ogiya reading a long letter. She smiles with delight as she clutches the scroll in her hands, wearing an informal blue and white tie-dyed kimono. A classic Edo beauty design with attractive color and fine detailing in the hairline.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Eisho (active circa. 1790 - 1799)
Image Size - 11" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.