The crane device was the symbol of the Tsurunoya group, the original commissioners of the series. The blue ground version is the original edition. The series was later reissued with a pink ground under the title Kuchikiren juban no uchi keisei mitate resenden "Courtesans imitating the biographies of wise men - ten prints for the Kuchiki group" and without the artist's seal Sadaoka (see following lot). For another version of the present print see Van Rappard-Boon, no. 234, p. 123. The pink ground version was sold in these rooms October 16, 1986, lot 112c.