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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
Poems of the Season: Summer
(Tosei Shiki no Nagame: Natsu no bu)

each sheet signed Toyokuni ga within artist's Toshidama seal, with publisher's seal of Sanoya Kihei (Sanoki, Kikakudo), censor's seal aratame (examined), and date seal tatsu-san (year of the dragon [1856], 3rd month)
oban tate-e triptych 14 1/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.8 by 24.1 cm
A view of the morning activities at a house of assignation as viewed from the second floor interior courtyard. At left two courtesans share a futon, while one sleeps the other rises while speaking to a third woman through an open fusuma panel. At the center a slightly disheveled courtesan helps a customer with his haori as a maid hands him his roiro lacquer inro and fan. At right, three men and a maid look down into the courtyard where a man and woman are only partially clothed.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, 1911, accession no. 11.15155VR (left and center panels only)
Andreas Marks, Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, 2012, pp 80-81, no. 15
price: $ 2,200