Both Brandt and Ukiyo-e shûka describe this print as one of an aiban series, Mirror of Beauties from Dramas (Bijin awase jôruri kagami). However, this impression is ôban size, and there is no series title.
Ichirakutei Eisui ga
September 1911, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from the E. F. Fenollosa collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection
Japanese, Edo period, about 1797–99 (Kansei 9–11)
Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 10, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, I (1988), pl. 176; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eisui list, #12.3; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 505, list no. C17; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2319
Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 23.6 cm (14 5/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper