Miscellaneous series of beautiful women

 

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

          

 

Kuniyoshi - Our Country's Scenery Illustrated by Beautiful Women (Honchô keishoku bijin zue,  R88), View of Futamigaura in Ise Province (Ise Futamigaura no kei)

 

Series: Our Countryʼs Scenery Illustrated by Beautiful Women (Honchô 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 Jimpach

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Series: Our Countryʼs Scenery Illustrated by Beautiful Women (Honchô 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: 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: Comparisons of the Beauties of the Green-houses (青樓美人競, Seiro bijin kurabe)

Title:

Robinson: 120

Description:

Date: c. 1837

Publisher:

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Series: Kôsô Nichiren the Great Bodhisattva (Kôsô 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: Kôsô Nichiren was a Buddhist priest who lived from 1222 to 1282.  He has had various miracles attributed to him and founded the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, of which Kuniyoshi was an adherent.

 

 

Series: Kôsô Nichiren the Great Bodhisattva (Kôsô Nichiren Dai-bosatsu, 日蓮菩薩)

Title:

Robinson: 135

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

Date: c. 1836

Publisher: Probably Arita-ya Seiemon

Rob 154 - (1845c) Tosei bijin awase - Modern comparison of beauties

 

Series: Modern Comparison of Beauties (Tôsei 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: Modern Seven Autumn Plants (Imayô aki no nanakusa)

Robinson: 164

Title:

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

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

 

Series: 今世婦秋乃七草

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Hagi no hana ni mitate (萩の花に見立)

Description: Woman with flowering plant

Date: 1849-1851 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

 

Series: The Four Seasons (Shiki, 四季)

Season: Summer (Natsu, )

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Beauty with a fan

Date: 1843-1846 (censor Hama Yahei)

Publisher: Masuda-ya Ginjirô

 

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

Kuniyoshi - Snow, Moon & Flowers, Snow (yuki), Woman standing on a balcony overlooking a snowy garden, c

 

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: 1851-1852 (censors Kinugasa and Murata)

Publisher: Masuda-ya Ginjirô

 

Series: Untitled series of snow, moon, and flowers

Title: Moon ()

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Beauty looking at reflection of the moon in water

Date: 1851-1852

Publisher: Masuda-ya Ginjirô

Snow, Moon and Flowers, FlowersAn elegantly attired bijin standing under a flowering Cherry tree, c

 

Series: Untitled series of snow, moon, and flowers

Title: Flowers ()

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Beauty standing under a flowering cherry tree

Date: 1851-1852 (censors Kinugasa and Murata)

Publisher: Masuda-ya Ginjirô

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Series: Possibly from an unidentified series

Title:

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty holding a cat

Date: c. 1843-1846

Publisher: Masugindô

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Modern Beauties, Bijin Walking in Wind

 

Series: Mirror of Modern Beauties

Title:

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty

Date: c. 1835

Publisher: Ômi-ya Heihachi

 

Series: Mirror of Modern Beauties

Title:

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty

Date: c. 1835

Publisher Ômi-ya Heihachi:

1828-Robinson Collection

 

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 Tatsuzô

 

NOTE: This print may not be from a series.

K-img838, 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura), Pub

 

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.

A picture containing text, fabric

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Series: Probably ...the Eastern Capital (Tôto..., 東遊玉...)

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty with bridge inset

Date: c. 1833

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugorô   

 

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

Kuniyoshi - Famous Views of Edo (Edo meisho), Edo-ya Matsugorô, c

 

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 Matsugorô   

 

 

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 Matsugorô   

 

A beauty and a dog, c

 

Series: 弘化頃

Robinson: Not listed

Title: 白梅と...

Description: Woman with a cat

Date: 1844-1845 (censor Tanaka)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijirô

Beauty squeezing a towel, c

 

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 Seijirô

 

Series:

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Description:

Date: c. 1820

Publisher: Shimizu-ya

 

 

 

Series:

Robinson: Not listed

Title: 9th month (九月)

Description: Woman with fruit

Date: c. 1831

Publisher: No seal

       

 

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

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