attributed to Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1797-1861
Preparatory Drawing of a Walking Beauty
sumi ink on paper, unsigned, with notations regarding colors, ca. 1830
conserved on achival paper 15 3/4 by 11 in., 40.1 by 27.8 cm
The drawing appears to be a near-final version of a composition, possibly for a panel of a triptych, with preliminary directions regarding the intended coloration including black, rose, yellow, and an abundance of purple. It seems unlikely that these details would be given if the design were not yet approved for production, and yet, it is entirely possible the print was never published. It was discovered within a small collection of preparatory works, all dating to circa 1830 either stylistically or by matching directly to published prints by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848), his student Teisai Sencho (active ca. 1830-1850), Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), and Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)--to whom this drawing seems attributable in comparison with two other identified Kuniyoshi designs in the group.
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