Miscellaneous series of beautiful women

 

Prints of beautiful women (bijin, 美人) are known as bijin-ga.á Unless otherwise stated, these prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section.

 

Series: Our Countryʼs Scenery Illustrated by Beautiful Women (Honch˘ keishoku bijin zue, 本朝景色美人圖會)

Title: View of Futamigaura in Ise Province (Ise Futamigaura no kei)

Robinson: 88

Description:

Date: c. 1830

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi

 

 

Series: Our Countryʼs Scenery Illustrated by Beautiful Women (Honch˘ keishoku bijin zue, 本朝景色美人圖會)

Title: View of KIntai Bridge at Iwakuni in Suo (Boshu Iwakuni Kintaibashi no kei)

Robinson: 88

Description:

Date: c. 1830

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi

 

 

Series: Beauties Mirrored in the Forms of Flowers (Sugata hana bijin kagami, 姿花美女鏡)

Robinson: 96

Title: Toyo-oka (豊岡) from the house of Okamoto-ya (岡本屋内豊岡)

Description: Courtesan holding letter

Date: ca. 1836

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

 

Series: Beauties Mirrored in the Forms of Flowers (Sugata hana bijin kagami, 姿花美女鏡)

Robinson: 96

Title:

Description:

Date: ca. 1836

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

 

Series: Comparisons of the Beauties of the Green-houses (青樓美人競, Seiro bijin kurabe)

Title: Oiran... from the House of Okamoto-ya

Robinson: 120

Description: Standing woman holding letter

Date: c. 1837

Publisher: ...

 

 

Series: Three Selected Beauties for Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Sambijin mitate sh˘chikubai, 三美人見立松竹梅)á

Title: Pine (Matsu, )á

Robinson: 131

Description:

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Sh˘emon)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

 

NOTE: Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (sh˘chikubai, 松竹梅), also known as the Three Friends of Winter, is a common subject in Japanese art.

 

Another state of the above design

 

Series: Three Selected Beauties for Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Sambijin mitate shochikubai)á

Title: Plum ()

Robinson: 131

Description: Beauty with cat

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Sh˘emon)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Series: K˘s˘ Nichiren the Great Bodhisattva (K˘s˘ Nichiren Dai-bosatsu, 日蓮菩薩)

Title:

Robinson: 135

Description: A beauty kneeling before a mirror, holding a hairpin

Date: c. 1836

Publisher: No seal

 

NOTE: K˘s˘ Nichiren was a Buddhist priest who lived from 1222 to 1282.á He has had various miracles attributed to him and founded the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, of which Kuniyoshi was an adherent.

 

 

Series: Mirror of Women (Fujo kagami, 婦女鏡)

Title: Abundance (Toyo, )

Robinson: 151

Description: Woman repapering shoji while cat crawls through the screen

Date: c. 1843 (censor Muramatsu Genroku)

Publisher: Masuda-ya Ginjir˘

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Series: Mirror of Women (Fujo kagami, 婦女鏡)

Title: Abundance (Toyo, )

Robinson: 151

Description: Woman with puppies

Date: c. 1843 (censor Muramatsu Genroku)

Publisher: Masuda-ya Ginjir˘

 

 

Series: Modern Comparison of Beauties (T˘sei bijin awase, 當世美人合)

Title:

Robinson: 154

Description: Beauty with sake bottle

Date: c. 1845 (censor Murata Sahei)

Publisher: Kojima-ya Jűbei

 

 

Series: Amusing Select Comparisons of Birds and Trees (Tawamure mitate ch˘-mokuawase)

Robinson: 158

Title:

Description: Beauty with cat; human hand with wings in inset

Date: c. 1845

Publisher: Tsu (phonetic pronunciation of )

 

 

Series: Modern Seven Autumn Plants (Imay˘ aki no nanakusa)

Robinson: 164

Title:

Description: A beauty standing before ominaeshi (golden lace, オミナエシ)

Date: c. 1850

Publisher:

 

NOTE: The text is an enlargement of the series title.

 

Series: The Four Seasons (Shiki, 四季)

Season: Summer (Natsu, )

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Beauty with a fan

Date: c. 1843-1846

Publisher: Masugind˘

 

NOTE: This print is about 14 by 5 inches (36 by 13 centimeters), a size known as chűtanzakuban

 

Series: Untitled series of snow, moon, and flowers

Title: Snow (yuki, )

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Beauty standing on a balcony overlooking a snowy garden

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: Masuda-ya Ginjir˘

 

Series: Untitled series of snow, moon, and flowers

Title: Flowers ()

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Beauty standing under a flowering cherry tree

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: Masuda-ya Ginjir˘

 

Series: Possibly from an unidentified series

Title:

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty holding a cat

Date: c. 1843-1846

Publisher: Masugind˘

 

Series: Mirror of Modern Beauties

Title:

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty

Date: c. 1835

Publisher: ďmi-ya Heihachi

 

Series: 小林屋内

Title: ?

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Beauty with a koto and another with a fan

Date: c. 1832

Publisher: Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘

 

NOTE: This print may not be from a series.

 

Series:

Title:

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty

Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

NOTE: This could be one sheet from a triptych.

 

Series: Probably ...the Eastern Capital (T˘to..., 東遊玉...)

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty with bridge inset

Date: c. 1833

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘ááá

 

I am grateful to Hugo Francot and Paul Adriaenssens for this image.

 

Series: Famous Views of Edo (Edo meisho, 江戸名所)

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty with fan-shaped landscape

Date: c. 1833

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘ááá

 

 

Series: 弘化頃

Robinson: Not listed

Title: 白梅と...

Description: Woman with a cat

Date: 1844-1845 (censor Tanaka)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

 

Series: 弘化頃

Robinson: Not listed

Title: 当世花鳥合

Description: Woman wringing out a towel

Date: 1844-1845

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

ôRobinsonö indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 

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