Moonlight Views of the Eastern Capital

(T˘to tsuki no meisho, 東都月の名所)

Publisher: Kawachi-ya Ch˘z˘

c. 1840

 

Tokyo (then called Edo) was the Eastern Capital, where the shogun lived.á The emperor lived in Kyoto, the Western Capital.á This series shows beautiful women with scenes of Edo.á The series is listed as number 87 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

Title: Moon at Ry˘goku Bridge (Ry˘goku no tsuki, 両国の月)

Description: Beauty with cat

 

 

Another state of the above print

 

Yet another state

 

Title:

Description: Courtesan on parade in her spring finery with a view of the Sumida River behind her

 

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Title: Morning moon at Nihonbashi (日本橋の残月)

Description: Beauty with bridge and Mt. Fuji

 

 

Title: The Almost-full Moon at Masaki (Masaki no nochi no tsuki, 真崎の後の月)

Description:

 

 

This print is similar to the above design, but it is signed by Kunisada and was published by Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘.

 

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