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Courtesan Seated at a Writing Desk, from the album Spring in the Four Directions (Yomo no haru)

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Chinese couplet by Tenchû Sanjin, "The world of peace and pleasure; The eternal capital of the realm of desire." Other artists in this album include Kitao Masayoshi and Hokusai Sôri.

Signed

Eishi zu 栄之図

Marks

Artist's seal: Chôbun

Provenance

November 1919, acquired by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1796 (Kansei 8)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 13 (1991), Chester Beatty pl. 111; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #385; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 43

Dimensions

18.5 x 31.3 cm (7 5/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.4849

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints