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Utamaro

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Artist: Utamaro Kitagawa
Title: The Courtesan Miyabito of Ogiya

Date: originally published c. 1790s by Tsutaya Juzaburo, this (c. 1950s) published by Adachi with publisher's seal on verso
Size: oban, approximately 10" x 15"
Condition: VG, minor flaws as shown, white mica background
Impression: VG, excellent reproduction with attention to details, solid key lines and nice surface texture, with white mica background
Color: VG, with bleed through to verso
About this print: The courtesan Miyabito first appeared at the large establishment of Ogiya Uemon, at Itchome, Shin Yoshiwara in 1793. She maintained a high ranking in the house, just under the famous Hanaogi and Takigawa, for three years. Then, in 1796, she was suddenly reduced to eighth place in the Ogiya rankings, and two years later in 1798, her name disappeared from the roster completely. The reason for Miyabito's disappearance is unknown. In this print she evokes the very epitome of beauty and style of an orian.