Shigenobu, Yanagawa; designer; Japanese printmaker, 1787-1833
Surimono. Colour print from woodblocks with metallic pigments and blind embossing (karazuri). Poets: Kirakuan Mitsumaro; Chikujuen Shigeyasu; Ichiryuken Into of Kaga Province. Date: 1834 (Year of the Horse).
given; 1937; Barron, E. Evelyn
Number five in the series entitled ‘Excellent horses lined up’. The woman has just come out for a brief rest on the veranda looking out on the sea. The scene is a tea-house in Fukagawa, one of the many unauthorized entertainment quarters in Edo (Tokyo), located in the southeast area of the city along the bay. A highly competitive rival of Yoshiwara, Edo's sole authorized pleasure quarter, Fukagawa flourished, partly for its more convenient location, from the late 18th Century onwards. It enjoyed its heyday in the 1810s and 1820s before being abolished under the 1842 Reform Code. Fukagawa girls were less expensive - possibly available only for one nanryo coin - than those in Yoshiwara, but their cheery entertainment proved very popular among merchants, particularly the rich rice-merchants who owned granaries along the nearby canals.
Object Number: P.549-1937
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182398; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2017-01-03)