Spring Night Scene from Inaka Genji, 1847 - 1852 - Handsome image of Mitsuuji, the Inaka or Country Genji, waiting for the arrival of his stepmother, Fuji no Kata, with whom he is enamored. He sits on a deck at right, leaning against the edge of an open window, looking out of the corners of his eyes. In the dark, he thinks he sees the beautiful Fuji no Kata returning, led by her maidservant, Ayanagi, and he clumsily makes advances to her. As soon as the women step into the light, though, he realizes that he has mistaken the maid Sugibae for Ayanagi, and Ayanagi for his stepmother. Ayanagi smiles shyly, tilting her head to the side, dressed in a brocade kimono patterned with wisteria over a red under robe. Two women wait outside the garden gate at left, one giggling into her sleeve over Mitsuuji's mistake as she looks up at her companion. Cherry blossoms frame the scene overhead, and a dipper rests across a stone water basin at right. A charming design with an attractively detailed setting. Includes delicate embossing on the white kimono collars and trim.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 28 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds between panels. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.