The Pride of Edo: Going into Modern Service

(Edo jiman tôsei ji-ire, 江戸自慢程好仕入)

Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei

c. 1850

 

This series of prints has large half-length images of beautiful women with insets of dramatic characters.  It is listed as number 107 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961), where it is identified as consisting of five prints.  The 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 series.

 

Beauty: Beauty with tsuzumi (small hourglass-shaped wooden drum)

Fabric:

 

Beauty: Young woman cleaning a pipe

Fabric: Dyed design with various letters (Haguzome, はぐ染め)

 

Beauty: Beauty going into service

Fabric:

 

Beauty:

Fabric: Pattern from Ume-ya (The house of Ume), a go board pattern

 

Beauty: Beauty with umbrella

Fabric:  Tie-died fabric in gun pattern (Teppô-shibori)

  

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