Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Young Geisha/Prostitute: Fukagawa (Fukagawa Shinko). From the series Edo Meisho (Famous Places of Edo - 江戸名所)

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Dates: created,circa 1824 - 1825
Dimensions: 5.0 in,7.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: ōju (by special request)
Kunisada ga (應需国貞画)

Related links: Lyon (others in this series);

Physical description:

"The term shinko in the title... was used primarily in Fukagawa, the site of the largest unlicensed entertainment district in Edo, and refers to a girl of around seventeen who has just become a prostitute. Fukagawa women were known for their simplicity: this beauty wears a robe that is less gaudy than most; the purples fades to pink around the hem and is decorated with morning glories. The obi has a pattern of phoenix roundels. Her hair is modestly decorated with three tortoiseshell combs and pins and one met pin. The shinko's hunched pose (she seems almost deformed) is characteristic of Kunisada's style at this time..."

Quoted from: Kunisada's World by Sebastian Izzard, p. 94. There is an accompanying black and white reproduction on page 95.

There is another copy of this print in the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden.