Yoshitoshi: Beauty Holding Cat
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: The Courtesan Usugumo
Series: A Mirror of Beauties of the Past and Present (Kokon hime kagami)
The courtesan Usugumo cuddles with her cat. Her purple robe has a pattern of cats comprised of wrapped bundles, and her hair ornaments feature cats as decoration. The cat’s fur has areas of blindprinting. Her love of cats must have been well-known.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Untrimmed and unbacked. Very minor wrinkles and some pigment transfer.
Publisher: Yorozuya Magobei
Literature: Keyes number 331.6.
Signature: Oju Yoshitoshi ga with a red artist’s seal