Toshikata: Beauty catching fireflies
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Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)
A young beauty with her uchiwa fan catching fireflies on a summer night, assisted by a young man holding the firefly cage. In the background the humorous silhouettes of another hunting party.
Title: Hotaru-gari - Tenmei koro fujin (Catching fireflies – A woman of the Tenmei Era, 1781-89)
Series: Sanjûrokkasen (Thirty-six selected beauties)
Carver: Enkatsu tô (Noguchi Enkatsu)
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon, Tokyo
Date: Meiji 24 (1891)
Size: Vertical Oban, 32,6 x 22,2 cm (image size)
Excellent early impression in excellent colours, with strongly visible woodgrain. With gauffrage and some metal pigment. Full margins, unbacked. Paper a little a toned, in margins some minor soiling, small stains and tiny wormholes. A small paper loss in bottom edge backed. Overall very good condition.
Cf. MFA Boston, No. 41.940.6 a. o.; British Museum No. 1906,1220,0.1577