Toyokuni II - The courtesan Hinanosuke
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Utagawa Toyokuni II (Toyoshige) (1777-1835)
The courtesan Hinanosuke, from the Daikoku-ya family, is sitting nearby a brazier while smoking a pipe. In the round cartouche, which is printed in blue and has the form of a Toshidama ring, there is a monk, probably Kûkai (Kôbô Daishi), standing at the Kôya river, in the background the temple at the Kôya-san.
Series/Title: Fûzoku Mutamagawa – Kôya no Tamagawa (Manners and customs at the six Jewel Rivers – the Kôya Jewel River)
Signature: Toyokuni ga, in the cartouche: Toyotoshi (a pupil of Toyokuni)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
Censor's seal: Aratame
Date: early 1830s
Size: Oban, 37,3 x 25,5 cm
Very good impression and colours. Lower left margin somewhat uneven, lower right corner neatly repaired. Very nice picture of a courtesan from a rare series.