Kunisada: Beauties Catching Fireflies (hotaru no sato)
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Beauties Catching Fireflies (hotaru no sato)
Series: Comparing with Genji (yatsushi Genji)
Three beauties enjoy a summer evening beneath a willow tree near a cooling river. The leftmost sheet shows a beauty with a long tobacco pipe seated on a bench. The middle beauty carries a firefly cage and a fan, whle the rightmost beauty is content to crouch and enjoy the scene, her fan decorated with a toshidama pattern, which refers to Kunisada’s seal.
Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Seal: censor’s seal of Tanaka Heijirô
Signature: Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga (Kunisada II changing his name to Toyokuni)