Colour woodblock print
Oban: mm 378 x 254
Signed: Toyokuny ga
Censor: Aratame with the date
Series: The Modern Thirty-two Types
Ansei era, 3/1859, 6/1859
Engraver: Yokogawa Takejirō
Publishers:Shōrindō (Fujiokaya Jirō)
Fine, early impression on thick, deluxe paper. Extremely fine colour and pristine condition. Mika dust at the top of the composition with a beautiful design of Imado's bridge in Edo in the upper left side.
A Geisha leaning on the roof of a boat whilst eating ‘Edamane’, a boiled soya bean popular in summer.
After 1850 Kunisada made several series which were to confirm his as the greatest living print artist of the time.
There were two types of buyer for his prints. His first editions would have been made for affluent collectors and all subsequent issues were intended for the mass market. These later editions are less carefully printed and using cheaper materials.
The theme of the series is one wihch recurs throughout Kunisada’s career- that of women from the various districts of Edo.
Literature: Izzard ‘Kunisada’s World’, pages 180-81, n. 95.