Kunisada: Beauty in a Pawnshop
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Beauty in a Pawnshop
Date: ca. 1820
A beauty leans over the counter of a pawnshop, pawning her tortoiseshell hairpin. In the mirror-shaped cartouche is a picture of a lottery. From the series “Picture of a Mirror Reflecting Her Thoughts” (Omoukoto kagami ni utsushi-e). Japanese scholars think very highly of this design, Yoshida Eizo considering it one of Kunisada’s best.
a woman leaning on a counter of a pawnshop. She pawned her hairpin.
Condition: Very good impression color and condition. Slight trimming, top and bottom.
Publisher: Matsumura Tatsuemon
Literature: See another print from this series in “Kunisada’s World”, plage 24
Signature: Gototei Kunisada ga