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.

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

 

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

 

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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: 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:

 

Series: Beautiful Women of the Green-houses (青樓美ů)

Title: Ch˘dayű of the Okamotoya (Okamotoya uchi Ch˘dayű)

Robinson: Not listed

Description:

Date: c. 1833-1835

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Kuniyoshi -   3 Selected Beauties for Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Sambijin mitate shochikubai, R131), Pine (Matsu), c

 

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.

Kuniyoshi -   3 Selected Beauties for Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Sambijin mitate shochikubai, R131), Pine (Matsu), (Alt)

 

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi -   3 Selected Beauties for Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Sambijin mitate shochikubai, R131), Plum

 

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, 高祖 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.

 

 

This series is listed as ôK˘s˘ Nichiren Dai-bosatsu: K˘s˘ Nichiren the Great Bodhisattvaö (高祖 日蓮大菩薩) in Robinson.á However, this appears to be the title of an individual print, rather than the title of the series.

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Women (R151), ,  print

 

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˘

 

Rob Series 151, Fujo kagami - Mirror of Women - Abundance

 

Another state of the above design

Kuniyoshi - Mirror of Women (R151), Toyo, woman with puppies

 

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˘

 

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

 

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

 

Kuniyoshi - Amusing Select Comparisons of Birds and Trees (Tawamure mitate ch˘-mokuawase, R158), c

 

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 )

 

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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.

Kuniyoshi - (Chűtanzakuban, 34

 

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

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 Ginjir˘

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 Ginjir˘

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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: Masugind˘

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: ďmi-ya Heihachi

 

Series: Mirror of Modern Beauties

Title:

Robinson: Not listed

Description: Standing beauty

Date: c. 1835

Publisher ďmi-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 Tatsuz˘

 

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.

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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.

Kuniyoshi - Famous Views of Edo (Edo meisho), Edo-ya Matsugor˘, 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 Matsugor˘ááá

 

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 Seijir˘

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 Seijir˘

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

 

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