Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
The Courtesan Handayu of the Nakaomiya House of Pleasure - Attractive image of the courtesan Handayu of the Nakaomiya House strolling through the street, looking down with a pensive expression. Her hands are tucked inside her red under robe, held up to her face beneath the cloth. A large paper lantern rests at her feet, and in the room at right, an elegant bonsai tree and plants are arranged in a ceramic planter decorated with a red sun above splashing waves. The title cartouche takes the form of a folded love letter at upper left, which is also the title of the series. A lovely design, rarely seen in reprint.
Artist - Buncho (active 1765 - 1792)
Image Size - 12 1/4" x 5 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.