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Geisha from the Hiramatsu Restaurant from the series Thirty-six Tokyo Restaurants

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Geisha from the Hiramatsu Restaurant

from the series Thirty-six Tokyo Restaurants

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1870

IHL Cat. #577

About This Print

Picturing a geisha wearing a okoso zukin, a cold weather hood, against a red brocade background, this print is from the series Thirty-six Tokyo Restaurants which pairs famous geisha with famous Tokyo eateries. In the series, the square panel at top left shows either speciality dishes or views from the eatery. The large yellow cartouche  on the right shows the series' title, name of the geisha and the restaurant's address.

In 1878 Kunichika designed another series Thirty-six Modern Restaurants (Kaika Sanjūroku kaiseki) which also paired restaurants with beautiful women.  Whether the publisher or the artist received compensation for the free advertising given to the restaurants portrayed is unknown nor is it known if Kunichika personally knew the women in the prints.


A Few Other Prints in the Series

 


Tomi of the Sumiyoshi District



今戸 大匕


元大坂町婦知
甚左衛門町百尺楼
Jinsuke









 



柳橋しち 大代地 巴屋 

IHL Cat. #578


 Yanagibashi Shun
 
日本橋魚仙
Nihonbashi Gyosen
 
池の端数寄屋町
Sukiyachō Ikenobata
 



Hotoku of the Shinmei district - Restaurant Kuruma-ogi
 
新柳町亀せい
Shinyanagichō
 
広小路小鶴
 


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #577
 Title (Description)  Geisha from the Hiramtasu Restaurant in Nihonbashi 日本橋  平松
 Series  Thirty-six Tokyo Restaurants (Tōkei sanjūroku kaiseki 東京三十六会席)
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature  Kunichika hitsu with toshidama seal
 Seal  toshidama seal
 Publication Date  
 aratame date seal October (inter calendary) 1870 (Meiji 3)
 Publisher  
Yorozuya Magobei 万屋 孫兵衛 [Marks: seal 23-070; pub. ref. 627]
 Printer
 
 Carver  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - album backing
 Genre  ukiyo-e; bijin-ga
 Miscellaneous
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (35.9 x 25.1 cm)
 Literature 
 
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