Koryûsai: Young man playing the hand drum
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Isoda Koryûsai (1735-1790)
A young man sitting in front of an open verandah, absorbed in playing the hand drum (tsuzumi). A girl tries to slip him a letter in passing. In the background a summer landscape with flying birds, on top of the scene a poem in band of clouds.
Signature: Koryûsai ga
Date: c. 1770
Size: Vertical Chuban, 22,2 x 15,6 cm
Excellent impression in good colours, with gaufrage. Likely some trimming. Minor signs of age as weak creases, only minimal soiling. Top margin well restored. Overall very nice condition.
A charming and very rare work by the artist. Possibly identical with the print listed by Allen Hockley, The Prints of Isoda Koryûsai. Seattle/London 2003, p. 273, as no. 99 (allegedly signed Koryû)