Beauty with a Letter - Lovely portrait of a beauty moistening the end of a letter she is about to seal closed and send. Her hair is beautifully arranged in a sleek bun with side wings, adorned with a lacquer comb and tortoiseshell hairpins. A pale green ribbon at the back of her hairdo matches the collar of her tie-dyed under robe, which is delicately embossed. Wonderful delicate line work in the hairline. A terrific portrait enhanced by a shimmering mica background. Rarely seen in reprint.
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 - Kiyomine (1787 - 1868)
Image Size - 14 5/8" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.