Eishi: A pleasure trip by boat
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Hosoda (Chôbunsai) Eishi (1756-1829)
A pleasure trip by boat on the Sumidagawa river: Two young girls dance the Harukoma dance with hobbyhorses, accompanied by two female musicians with shamisen and shimedaiko drum.
Untitled (An amusement trip on the Yoshinomaru)
Signature: Eishi ga
Date: C. 1790
Size Vertical Ôban, 36 x 26 cm
A very graceful scene. Fine impression and very good colours. Early state. Unbacked. A little trimmed at top margin. Slight soiling and minimal rubbing. Overall very nice condition.
From a (frequently incomplete) set of five sheets, always without title and publisher's mark. For the complete pentaptych cf. MFA Boston, Spaulding Coll., No. 21.7586-90. British Museum, No. 1906,1220,0.277. Nathalie Vandepierre et al., Ukiyo-e, Le plus belles estampes japonaises. Catalogue Musées royaux d'art et d'histoire Bruxelles, 2016, p. 102f, No. 73 (colour variant). For this sheet cf. MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll., No. 11.14022.