Toshikata: Picnic under cherry treesToshikata: Picnic under cherry trees
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Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)

A cheerful picnic under a blooming cherry tree. A young woman entertains two samurai behind a curtain with a puppet made out of a sake bucket.

Title: Taru ningyô - Enpô koro fujin (The barrel puppet – A woman of the Enpô era, 1673-81)

Series: Sanjûrokkasen (Thirty-six selected beauties)

Signature: Toshikata

Seal: Ôsai

Publisher: Akiyama Buemon, Tokyo

Date: Meiji 26 (1893)

Size: Vertical Oban, 32,5 x 21,7 cm (image size)

Excellent early impression in excellent colours, with strongly visible woodgrain. With gauffrage and metal pigment (oxidised). Full margins, unbacked. Paper a little toned, in margins some minor soiling and small stains. Overall very good condition.

Cf. MFA Boston No. 41.940.21 a. o. British Museum No. 1906,1220,0.1573.