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Utagawa Hiroshige (1826-1869) - Mid 19th Century Japanese Woodblock, Coy Geisha

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This fine example of an Edo period woodblock shows a Geisha smiling with a coy tilt of her head. She is in a traditional kimono tied with an obi and is carrying a string of tasseled beads. Her unfastened hair and ruffled clothing may suggest this geisha to be "off duty."

A label at the back of the mount suggests that the kanji (Japanese lettering) mention something about a "view over Edo." The print is presented laid to card in a brown card mount.

On washi laid.


The print has some discolouration. There are creases across most of its surface and foxing. There are two holes in the paper to the left side of the image and the print has been trimmed so that the edges are not straight.


34 x 23cm (13.4" x 9.1")
Framed Size: 48 x 37cm (18.9" x 14.6")

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Artist Biography

Hiroshige II (二代目 歌川広重, Ni-daime Utagawa Hiroshige, 1826 – 17 September 1869) was a Japanese designer of ukiyo-e art. He inherited the name Hiroshige II following the death in 1858 of his master Hiroshige, whose daughter he married. In 1865 he moved from Edo to Yokohama after dissolving his marriage and began using the name Kisai Risshō (喜斎立祥; alternate pronunciation: Ryūshō). His work so resembles that of his master that scholars have often confused them.

More Information
Code py654
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1826-1869)
Date Mid 19th Century
Dimensions 34 x 23cm
Medium Japanese Woodblock
Style Illustration Art
Subject Portrait
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