A Collection of Flowers―Beautiful Women Compared

(Hana awase tsei bijin awase, 花合 世美人合)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Chz

c. 1830s

 

This series likens contemporary beauties to different flowers. It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban. I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this series.

 

Flowers: Heartvine and bamboo grass

Description: Beauty fixing her hair

 

Flowers: Morning glories

Description: Beauty making tea

 

Flowers: Plum blossoms

Description: Beauty clutching a letter

 

Flowers: Wild carnations

Description: Beauty standing under a tree

 

Flowers: Cherry blossoms

Description: Beauty with a dog

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