Eisen: Morning toilet
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Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905)

A conversation between an old lady with glasses smoking a pipe while consulting her calendar and a young beauty getting ready for the day in front of her mirror.

Untitled (Morning toilet)

Signature: Ôju Eisen and artist's seal

Kuchi-e (frontispiece woodblock print) for the novel „Gishô shinshi“ written by the famous writer and statesman Fukuchi Gen’ichirô (1841-1906), published in the magazine „Meiji Bunko“.

Publishing company: Hakubunkan, Tokyo

Date: 1894

Size: Horizontal Aiban, 22,7 x 30,6 cm

Very fine print with exceptional coulours and burnishing (Tsuyazuri). Three barely visible, vertical folds (common with kuchi-e), light brown stain at the upper right side. On the rear side a small note with a description of the print in japanese written by hand. Very beautiful and rare frontispiece in very good condition.

Cf.: National Library of Australia, Digital Collection, Clough Collection of kuchie, No. 5744823