Toyokuni II: Hanaôgi from the Ôgi house
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Utagawa Toyokuni II (Toyoshige) (1777-1835)
The prominent courtesan Hanaôgi from the house of Ôgi-ya, dressed in a magnificent parade kimono. The Toshidama-ring-shaped cartouche shows a woman washing bleached cloth in the Chôfu river, in blue print (aizuri).
Title: Ôgiya uchi Hanaôgi – Chôfu Tamagawa (Hanaôgi from the Ôgi house – The Chôfu-Jewel River)
Series: Fûzoku Mutamagawa (Manners and customs at the six Jewel Rivers)
Signature: Toyokuni ga. The picture cartouche signed Toyotoshi ga, likely a pupil of Toyokuni
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Sen-Ichi, Kansendô), Edo
Date: c.. 1830
Size: Vertical Ôban, 37,7 x 26,3 cm
Excellent impression and very good colours. Full, untrimmed sheet, unbacked. At the left fitting of the bench a small wormhole, otherwise excellent condition.
Rare. From a small series of six prints. For this print cf. Waseda no. 003-0050; Marks, Publishers, P0308, dating the series to the late 1820s.