Bijin-ga (prints of beauties) master Hashiguchi Goyo published eleven deluxe prints privately during 1918 to 1920. Working with engraver Takano Shichinosuke and printer Somegawa Kanzo, Hashiguchi adopted the use of deluxe large paper and precious materials such as mica to highlight his personal style at this period. The present lot was published after his travel to Kyoto and Kobe at the end of 1919. After publishing this series, he passed away in February of 1921 at the age of 41.
For another of the same print in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, go to: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/waitress-with-a-red-tray-portrait-of-onao-a-maid-at-the-matsuyoshi-inn-kyoto-252320