Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
Bijin and Poem by Danjuro VII
signed Gototei Kunisada ga, with publisher's seal for Azumaiya Daisuke (Kinshudo), ca. 1820-22
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.4 by 24.1 cm
A courtesan wearing a pink kimono decorated with grasses along the hem stands in a hallway and peeps through a hole in a shoji panel. A poem in elegant calligraphy filling the empty space to the right is signed Shichidaime Mimasu, with red seal Mimasu, the poetry name of actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII (1800-1832).
This print is one of an untitled series of ten (recorded) featuring bijin matched with poems by popular actors.
Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde Leiden (collectie.wereldculturen.nl), object number RV-1-4660a (image no. 1100591)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boson (mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession no. 11.15664 (another design from the series)
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