22 September 2004
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Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)
The writing lesson
Courtesan and client under mosquito net
Two prints, a young woman guiding the hand of a student holding a brush writing the character shi on decorated paper, from the series Fujin tewaza juniko (Twelve forms of women's handiwork), signed Utamaro hitsu and published by Wakasaya Yoichi; and a courtesan and her client under a mosquito net, signed Utamaro hitsu and published by Yamaguchiya Chusuke--good impressions, the first faded, soiled, foxed, repaired worm holes and rubbed, the second loss upper left corner, wormholes, horizontal creases, stained and rubbed into publisher's seal, laid down
oban tate-e: 37.3 x 25.5cm., first; 36 x 28.5cm., second (2)
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For another impression of the first see Shibui Kiyoshi, Utamaro, vol. 13 of Ukiyoe zuten (Tokyo: Shueisha, 1973), p. 103.
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