Comments - Beautiful design of two courtesans on a verandah, watching as the sun sets over the ocean. The seated beauty rests her hand atop a slender pipe, her elbow leaning against the railing. Her companion pulls up the collar of her outer kimono, which is patterned with feathers and purple tasseled cords, worn over a red tie-dyed under robe. Lovely detail and soft color in this charming design, 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 - Shunsho (1726 - 1792)
Image Size - Approximately 11 1/8" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown (not measured individually)
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Nice condition overall. Please see photos for details.