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Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)
Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)

Wakatsuru of the Wakamatsuya, from the series Toji zensei bijin zoroe (Array of supreme beauties of the present day)

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Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)
Wakatsuru of the Wakamatsuya, from the series Toji zensei bijin zoroe (Array of supreme beauties of the present day)
Signed Utamaro hitsu and published by Wakasaya Yoichi, yellow ground, gauffrage on the roll of paper--good impression, faded, soiled, restorations, backed
oban tate-e: 38.3 x 25.6cm.

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As Asano Shugo and Timothy Clark write, Wakatsuru was of yobidashi rank in the brothel of Wakamatsuya Toemon in Kyomachi 1-chome. Two variant printings are known. In one, the names of the courtesan and her kamuro have been carved out of the key-block and just "Wakatsuru" written by hand in the top-right corner (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). In the other, the blocks have been recarved so as to cover her bare leg with the kimono, and to print the names "Shizuka of the Tamaya, Ikuyo, Isono" in the top right corner. For the last, see Asano Shugo and Timothy Clark, The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro (Tokyo and London: Asahi Shimbunsha and Trustees of the British Museum, 1995), pl. 147.
Another impression is held by the Tokyo National Museum.
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