A lady in a snow landscape

Katsukawa Shunsho
A lady in a snow landscape
c. 1873
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Hosoban, 327 x 153 mm

Signature: Katsukawa Shunsho ga and artist’s seal Rin, in the shape of a jar.


A fine impression of this rare and charming print, with strong karazuri and well preserved colours. The sheet, uncut, is lightly pasted at sides on a cardboard.

The subject is the Heron Maiden (Sagi Musume), which originated from a kabuki play first introduced in 1762 and which was a very popular subject, treated by many artists, including Harunobu.

As a member of the Katsukawa School Shunsho specialized in portraying the kabuki actors, but following the example of Harunobu, he also designed fine bijin-ga prints.