Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Hanakawado
(Edo meisho hyakunin bijo: Hanakawado)
signed Toyokuni ga within the artist's Toshidama cartouche, signed Kunihisa ga (Utagawa Kunihisa II, 1832-1891) within the inset landscape cartouche; with publisher's seal Ya, Fujikei (Fujiokaya Keijiro of Shorindo), censor's seal aratame (examined), and censor's date seal Mi-juni (year of the snake , 12th month)
oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 10 in., 37.2 by 25.3 cm
A beauty seated before a mirror resting on a folding mirror stand holds a twist of her hair up as she licks the end of a long hair ornament to facilitate sliding it into her coiffure. Next to the stand is a black and gold lacquer box with the lid slid open to reveal the rest of the set of fancy hairpins. It rests on a fabric-covered box with the hinged cover flipped open containing her make-up brushes and blue and white jars of cosmetics.
The landscape cartouche illustrates a lantern-lined shop in Hanakawado, a small district in Asakusa on the Sumida River which is famous for its cherry blossoms, particularly in Hanakawado Park.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession nos. 00.787, 11.15305, 11.29988
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