Yoshu Chikanobu, 1838-1912
Cherry Blossom- Preparatory Drawing for unpublished design from the series 'True Beauties' (Shin bijin)
sumi ink on paper with red under-drawing, lightly attached to paper backing at corners, unsigned, with paper slips correcting her mouth and the position of the way she holds the stem of the flower, with notations for design of the pattern on her collar, mura (indicating murasaki, for purple) and shiro (white), ca. 1897
14 7/8 by 10 3/4 in., 37.8 by 27.2 cm
Based on the scale of the bust portrait this appears to be a preliminary drawing for an unpublished design intended for Chikanobu's 1897 True Beauties (Shin Bijin) series.
(inv. no. C-1782)
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