Courtesan Reading a Letter

by Eisho (active circa 1790 - 1799)

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Courtesan Reading a Letter by Eisho (active circa 1790 - 1799)

Eisho (active circa 1790 - 1799) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Courtesan Reading a Letter

Comments - Beautiful Eisho print depicting a young courtesan in her leisure time, seated and reading a long letter. Her dark green outer kimono, decorated with symbols of the takaramono or "precious things," has slipped from her shoulders, showing off a red tie-dyed under robe. A nearby cart contains a case of print books and two more scrolls. Nicely detailed with fine line work.

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 - 12 3/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Courtesan Reading a Letter by Eisho (active circa 1790 - 1799)
Courtesan Reading a Letter by Eisho (active circa 1790 - 1799)