22 September 2004
Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)
A bust portrait of a tea-stall waitress
The waitress looking down, poem above, from the series Meisho koshikake hakkei (Eight views of tea stalls in celebrated places), signed Utamaro hitsu and published by Iseya Rihei--very good impression, good color, top and sides trimmed, lightly soiled and stained, laid down on paper board along edges only
oban tate-e: 38 x 24.3cm.
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For another impression see Shibui Kiyoshi, Utamaro, vol. 13 of Ukiyoe zuten (Tokyo: Kazama shobo, 1964), p. 69.
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