One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Naito Shunjuku
(Edo meisho hyakunin bijo: Naito Shunjuku)
signed Toyokuni ga within the artist's toshidama cartouche, and signed Kunihisa (Utagawa Kunihisa II, 1832-1891) within the inset landscape cartouche; with publisher's seal Jokin (Joshuya Kinzo of Shofukudo) and censor's date seal Uma-go (year of the horse , 5th month)
oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 10 1/8 in., 37.5 by 25.6 cm
Naito Shinjuku, founded in 1698 by a group of brothel owners to be the first stop on the Koshu Highway, was well situated as a center of prostitution. Named for the daimyo Naito, who's estate occupied the land used to found the town, Naito Shinjuku had a rather rustic reputation. In one scene of the kabuki play Kinkin sensei eiga no yume (Master Kinkin's Dream of Glory), an inured geisha compared the courtesans of Naito Shinjuku to "flowers blooming in the horse droppings of Yotsuya." This imagery became literary convention, as the Meiji haiku poet Naito Meisetsu (1847-1926) wrote "Ah, Shinjuku! On the horse droppings, morning frost."
Henry D. Smith II et. al., Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1986, cat. no. 86 (re: Naito Shinjuku)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession no. 11.15352
price: $ 700
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