Series of Famous Views of the Provinces Illustrated

(Shokoku meisho zusho, 諸国名所図書)

Publisher: Shimizu-ya

c. 1820

This series pairs beautiful women with famous views in round insets. The series is listed as number 1 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.

 

Province: Kanazawa with a view of Soshin inset

Description: Beauty cooling off with a fan

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Another state of the above design. A print, such as this, that is printed entirely or primarily in blue, is known as an aizuri-e.

 

Province:

Description: Beauty with pipe reading

 

 

Province: Sumidagawa (隅田川)

Description: Standing geisha with inset of Sumida River

 

 

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