Comments - Lovely scene of two beauties and a young boy enjoying a stroll along the water's edge, the boy pointing excitedly at the full moon glowing softly in the darkening sky. He carries a lantern with a portrait of a kabuki actor on it. One of the woman pauses to look down at the child, holding her round fan to her chin. A beautiful setting with flowering bushes framing the gently rippling water. Detailed with delicate embossing in the fan, the lantern, and the boy's kimono. A charming subject 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 - Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)
Image Size - 11 1/4" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.