Yoshitoshi: A geisha sits for a photograph at “Twelve O'Clock Noon” (Sold)

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: A geisha sits for a photograph at “Twelve O'Clock Noon”
Series: Twenty Four Hours with the Courtesans of Shinbashi and Yanagibashi (Shin-Ryû nijû-shi toki)
Date: 1880

A geisha sits for her photography portrait, her expression quite fixed. She is posed on a western-style chair, and the table next to her has a western-style tablecloth. The grey-blue of her kimono has oxidized due to the lead-based pigment that was intentionally employed. Above we see a glimpse of the photographer. In this series, every hour of a geisha's day is depicted in 24 prints, starting at 1:00. Each work is a half-length portrait of a beauty engaged in an activity that generally corresponds to the actual activity of a geisha at that particular time of day. Here the text is written by the owner of Tenten-dô in Kyoto. 

Condition: Good/very good impression , color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Morimoto Junsaburo
Literature: Series listed in “Beauty & Violence”, #39. See Met Museum online, “A courtesan’s day, hour by hour” (Hotei, 2004).
Signature: Oju Yoshitoshi ga