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Suzuki Harunobu (1724-1770)
Suzuki Harunobu (1724-1770)

Hagi (Bush clover),Yamashiroya nai Hatsuito (Hatsuito of Yamashiroya), from the series Ukiyo bijin yosebana (Collection of flowers and beauties of the floating world)

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Suzuki Harunobu (1724-1770)
Hagi (Bush clover),Yamashiroya nai Hatsuito (Hatsuito of Yamashiroya), from the series Ukiyo bijin yosebana (Collection of flowers and beauties of the floating world)
A courtesan kneeling to tie her kamuro's obi and turning to look at a monkey come to life from a painting and snatching a letter addressed to Hatsuito of the Yamashiroya, poem above, signed Harunobu ga--very good impression, some soiling, backed
chuban: 27.3 x 20.9cm.
Provenance
Hayashi Tadamasa (1854-1906)
Henri Vever (1854-1942), sold Sotheby's, London, Highly Important Japanese Prints, Illustrated Books and Drawings from the Henri Vever Collection: Part I, 26 March, 1974, no. 61

Lot Essay

The letter is addressed to the courtesan Hatsuito of the Yamashiroya. The poem reads: "Where does it cast its shade as I go wandering, my clover-dyed Shimejino cloak?" (transl. Jack Hillier in Suzuki Harunobu, an exhibition of his colour-prints and illustrated books on the occasion of the bicentenary of his death in 1770 [Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1970], no. 131).
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