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Onshi no musume

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

Japanese Color Lithograph and/or Photo Offset Print

Onshi no musume (恩師の娘)

by Igawa Sengai, c. 1915-1920

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

IHL Cat. #1861

About This Print

Having just read the card on the table, she clutches her handkerchief in this illustration from of a story titled Onshi no musume, as printed in red below the artist's signature and seal, appearing in an unknown magazine.

This kuchi-e with its characteristic horizontal tri-fold from being inserted in a book or magazine and then folded to fit, would most likely have served as an illustration for a story, possibly as a frontispiece.   From 1915 to the early 1920s, when this print was likely created, hundreds, if not thousands, of illustrations by well-known and little-known artists appeared in mass market popular culture magazines targeted at women such as Bungei kurabu 文芸俱楽部 (Literary Club, 1895-1933), Kōdan kurabo 講談倶楽部 (Kōdan Club, 1911-1946), Kōdan zasshiFujokai (Women's World, 1910-1952)Jogaku sekai 女学世界 (The World of Women's Learning, c. 1901-1913),  and Shufunotomo 主婦之友 (The Housewife's Friend, 1917-?).  By the 1920s, most of the illustrations were reproduced by lithography and/or photo-offset printing (distinctive half-tone dot patterns are visible in all areas or portions of the print) rather than woodblock.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1861
 Title or Description
titled 恩師の娘 [Onshi no musume] in upper right-hand corner of print.
 Magazine unknown
 Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)
洗厓 Sengai
 sealed 洗厓 Sengai (see above0
 Publication Date c. 1915-1920
 Publisher unknown
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good
 Genre bijin kuchi-e
 H x W Paper 11 13/16 x 8 3/8 in. (30 x 21.3 cm)
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