Comparisons of Modern Beauties: The Seven Autumn Flowers
(Imayo bijin awase: Aki no nana ka)
signed Keisai Eisen ga, with publisher's diamond-shaped seal Waka (Wakasaya Yoichi), and censor's seal Kiwame (approved), ca. 1838
obaiban tate-e 14 by 9 1/4 in., 35.7 by 23.4 cm
This print is from an obscure series of which only two other designs are recorded, Hatsu Hototogisu (First Cuckoo) and Kuruwa no Hana (Flower of The Pleasure Quarters) both of which seem to suggest associations with the seasons. The series illustrates everyday fashions, in this case, a teahouse waitress, wearing an apron to protect her modest kimono, pauses beside an outdoor bench with flowering autumnal grasses.
Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World, 2012, p. 292; Eisen Nishiki-e Index, nos. 323-1, 323-2 (other known designs)
Minneapolis Institute of Art (collections.artsmia.org), accession no. P.70.93
Tokyo Metropolitan Library (archive.library.metro.tokyo.lg.jp), accession no. 07684-C1-1 (same series)
(inv. no. 10-5590)
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