• Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties  (<i>Zensei soroi</i> - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)
Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties  (<i>Zensei soroi</i> - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)
Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties  (<i>Zensei soroi</i> - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)
Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties  (<i>Zensei soroi</i> - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)
Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties  (<i>Zensei soroi</i> - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)
Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties  (<i>Zensei soroi</i> - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)
Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties  (<i>Zensei soroi</i> - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)

Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国) (artist 1777 – 1835)

Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties (Zensei soroi - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)

Print


ca 1828
10.125 in x 15.1 in (Overall dimensions) Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 25-363)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Fujisawa Ukiyo-e Museum - the courtesan Tsuruya from this series which they date to ca. 1828
The Náprstek Museum - the courtesan Ogiya with a view of Mount Fuji behind her Each print in this series compares an oiran dressed in her finest robes with famous views of Japan. Yamato is the ancient name. All of the landscapes are printed as aizuri-e and are separated from the elegant women by a cloud-bank motif. Mt. Fuji appears in each of the three of the four examples we have found so far.

The dating of this series is undetermined. The earliest date we have found is ca. 1828, the latest from a dealer is ca. 1834. We are opting for the earlier date.
Izumiya Ichibei (和泉屋市兵衛) (publisher)
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
blue prints (aizuri-e - 藍摺絵) (genre)
landscape prints (fūkeiga 風景画) (genre)