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Utamaro
Kitagawa Utamaro, 1753-1806
Children at Play as the Thirty-Six Immortal Poets, a Set of Thirty-Six: The Priest Hoshi
(Kodomo asobi sanjurokkasen: Sanjuroku-mai tsuzuki, Ho [Sosei Hoshi])

signed Utamaro hitsu, with publisher's seal 'I' (Sawamuraya Seikichi) and censor's seal kiwame, 1806
oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 3/8 in., 39 by 26.2 cm
The poem above the figures is by the Immortal Poet Sosei Hoshi:
Miwataseba
sakura yanagi o
kokimazete
miyako zo haru no
nishiki narikeru

The endless of cherry and willow
weave together
the capital's springtime
ornate brocade!

This print is from a rather obscure series; Collia-Suzuki records only three extant designs in her comprehensive index, none of which we are able to locate in any published reference as of yet.
Reference:
Gina Collia-Suzuki, The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro: A Descriptive Catalogue, 2009, p. 142, no. 89 ('asobi' missing from the series title)
price: $ 3,500