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'A Geisha in her Dressing Room' (Mijimai geisha - 身じまい芸者) from the series
'A Collection of Modern Beauties' (Tōsei bijin awase - 当世美人合)

Identifier: 1827 Kunisada dressing room
Description:

"I'm so attracted to her blue-tinted reflection in her hand mirror." [This is a direct quote by Mike Lyon, the owner of this print.]

In the fan motif at the top is a wrapped package and a razor.

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"Ten prints from this series of half-length portraits of beauties are known. Five sheets are signed with the name Kōchōrō Kunisada... while the other five have Gototei Kunisada... His toshidama seal frames the series title cartouche and the print title is contained within a stylised 'decayed tree branch' (kuchiki) design."

Quoted from: Kunisada: imaging drama and beauty by Robert Schaap, p. 55.

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Illustrated:

1. In 歌川国貞:美人画を中心に, (Utagawa Kunisada : bijinga o chūshin ni), 1996, #91, p. 59.

2. UkiyoeTakei, vol. 10 [Kunisada], published by Shueisha., Tokyo. A detail from this print is illustrated on the front of this volume.

Loosely translated UkiyoeTakei could be 'A Survey of Ukiyo-e'.

3. In color in a small reproduction, #71, on page 160 of Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty.

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There is another copy of this print in the collection of the Ackland Museum of Art at the University of North Carolina.

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