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Charles Stewart Smith's Japanese PrintsCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1892
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Charles Stewart Smith (1832-1909) was an art collector and businessman. As a businessman, Smith was a president, and director of the Associates Land Company, vice president and director of the City and Suburban Homes Company, treasurer and director of the Woodlawn Cemetery, trustee of Barnard College and director of the Fifth Avenue Bank, German Alliance Insurance Company, Greenwich Savings Bank, and Fourth National Bank. He was a member of the Union League, Lawyers, Players, Century, and Merchants Club.

As an art collector, Smith was a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vice President of the Society of Art Collectors (558 Fifth Avenue, New York).

In 1892, while traveling in Japan on his honeymoon with his third wife, he purchased several thousand Japanese prints, ceramics, and paintings from the British military man, journalist, author and collector Captain Frank Brinkley (1841-1912).

In 1901 Smith donated 1,763 Japanese woodcut prints to the New York Public Library and the rest to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Among these color woodcuts is a celebrated group of prints by Kitagawa Utamaro, as well as examples of the work of Harunobu, Koryusai, Sharaku, and Hokusai.
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Ishikawa Danjuro as Osaka Shoman no Aizenmyo-o in a Nagori Kyogen

Ishikawa Danjuro as Osaka Shoman no Aizenmyo-o in a Nagori Kyogen

Torii Kiyonobu I (Japanese: 鳥居 清信; c. 1664 – 22 August 1729) focused almost exclusively on producing billboards and other promotional material for Edo's kabuki theaters, the Torii style is especially distinguis... more

The oiran Segawa and Matsuto and attendants in the house called Matsubaya

The oiran Segawa and Matsuto and attendants in the house called Matsub...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Segawa and Matsuto and attendants in the house called Matsubaya

The oiran Segawa and Matsuto and attendants in the house called Matsub...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Adzumaya and Kokonoye and attendants in the house called Matsukaneya

The oiran Adzumaya and Kokonoye and attendants in the house called Mat...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Adzumaya and Kokonoye and attendants in the house called Matsukaneya

The oiran Adzumaya and Kokonoye and attendants in the house called Mat...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Koimurasaki and Hanamurasaki and attendants in the house called Sumitamaya

The oiran Koimurasaki and Hanamurasaki and attendants in the house cal...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Koimurasaki and Hanamurasaki and attendants in the house called Sumitamaya

The oiran Koimurasaki and Hanamurasaki and attendants in the house cal...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Utagawa and Nanasato and attendants in the house called Yotsumiya

The oiran Utagawa and Nanasato and attendants in the house called Yots...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Utagawa and Nanasato and attendants in the house called Yotsumiya

The oiran Utagawa and Nanasato and attendants in the house called Yots...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Hanaôgi and Takigawa and attendants in the house called Ogi

The oiran Hanaôgi and Takigawa and attendants in the house called Ogi

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Hanaôgi and Takigawa and attendants in the house called Ogi

The oiran Hanaôgi and Takigawa and attendants in the house called Ogi

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Hinatsuru and Chosonand attendants in the house called Choshiya

The oiran Hinatsuru and Chosonand attendants in the house called Chosh...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Hinatsuru and Chosonand attendants in the house called Choshiya

The oiran Hinatsuru and Chosonand attendants in the house called Chosh...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

The oiran Hito noto and Takasode and attendants in the house called Daimonjiya

The oiran Hito noto and Takasode and attendants in the house called Da...

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

Ishikawa Danjuro and Otani Hiroji as samurai walking in the road near a temple of Inari Daimyojin

Ishikawa Danjuro and Otani Hiroji as samurai walking in the road near ...

Torii Kiyonobu I (Japanese: 鳥居 清信; c. 1664 – 22 August 1729) focused almost exclusively on producing billboards and other promotional material for Edo's kabuki theaters, the Torii style is especially distinguis... more

A court lady

A court lady

Kiyonaga is considered one of the great masters of the full-color nishiki-e print and of bijin-ga, images of courtesans and other beautiful women. Like most ukiyo-e artists, however, he also produced a number o... more

Ichikawa Ebizo as Tsunokuni Watanabe no oba and Ichikawa Danjuro in the role of a samurai seated upon a raised platform

Ichikawa Ebizo as Tsunokuni Watanabe no oba and Ichikawa Danjuro in th...

Torii Kiyonobu I (Japanese: 鳥居 清信; c. 1664 – 22 August 1729) focused almost exclusively on producing billboards and other promotional material for Edo's kabuki theaters, the Torii style is especially distinguis... more

An oiran looking at the superscription of a letter.  In the upper corner a view of Tamaya at Kameido

An oiran looking at the superscription of a letter. In the upper corn...

Kunisada was a trendsetter in the art of the Japanese woodblock print. Always at the vanguard of his time, he continuously developed his style, which was sometimes radically changed, and did not adhere to styli... more

The actor Segawa Kikuno jo in the role of a joro pouring gold coins from a large box held above her head

The actor Segawa Kikuno jo in the role of a joro pouring gold coins fr...

Torii Kiyonobu I (Japanese: 鳥居 清信; c. 1664 – 22 August 1729) focused almost exclusively on producing billboards and other promotional material for Edo's kabuki theaters, the Torii style is especially distinguis... more

The actor Segawa Kikujiro in the role of Umegai, standing on the veranda of a house, near the water holder from which gold pieces were thrown up when she bargained with the Evil One  for a marriage portion

The actor Segawa Kikujiro in the role of Umegai, standing on the veran...

Torii Kiyonobu I (Japanese: 鳥居 清信; c. 1664 – 22 August 1729) focused almost exclusively on producing billboards and other promotional material for Edo's kabuki theaters, the Torii style is especially distinguis... more

Ichikawa Masugoro as a daimyo brandishing a sword and turning towards a samurai who stands behind him holding a large crayfish in his mouth

Ichikawa Masugoro as a daimyo brandishing a sword and turning towards ...

Torii Kiyonobu I (Japanese: 鳥居 清信; c. 1664 – 22 August 1729) focused almost exclusively on producing billboards and other promotional material for Edo's kabuki theaters, the Torii style is especially distinguis... more

The actor Arashi Wakano in the role of Tomira

The actor Arashi Wakano in the role of Tomira

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Woman Representing Benzaiten

Woman Representing Benzaiten

Yashima Gakutei (Born: 1786, Osaka, Japan, Died: 1868, Osaka, Japan) was an artist and poet who was a pupil of both Totoya Hokkei and Hokusai. Besides his Ukiyo-e prints, Gakutei was known for his kyōka poetry,... more

Woman with fan (Fukurokuju?)

Woman with fan (Fukurokuju?)

Yashima Gakutei (Born: 1786, Osaka, Japan, Died: 1868, Osaka, Japan) was an artist and poet who was a pupil of both Totoya Hokkei and Hokusai. Besides his Ukiyo-e prints, Gakutei was known for his kyōka poetry,... more

Woman Representing Hotei

Woman Representing Hotei

Yashima Gakutei (Born: 1786, Osaka, Japan, Died: 1868, Osaka, Japan) was an artist and poet who was a pupil of both Totoya Hokkei and Hokusai. Besides his Ukiyo-e prints, Gakutei was known for his kyōka poetry,... more

Woman Representing Jurojin

Woman Representing Jurojin

Yashima Gakutei (Born: 1786, Osaka, Japan, Died: 1868, Osaka, Japan) was an artist and poet who was a pupil of both Totoya Hokkei and Hokusai. Besides his Ukiyo-e prints, Gakutei was known for his kyōka poetry,... more

Woman Representing Bishamon

Woman Representing Bishamon

Yashima Gakutei (Born: 1786, Osaka, Japan, Died: 1868, Osaka, Japan) was an artist and poet who was a pupil of both Totoya Hokkei and Hokusai. Besides his Ukiyo-e prints, Gakutei was known for his kyōka poetry,... more

Woman Representing Shoshijin

Woman Representing Shoshijin

Yashima Gakutei (Born: 1786, Osaka, Japan, Died: 1868, Osaka, Japan) was an artist and poet who was a pupil of both Totoya Hokkei and Hokusai. Besides his Ukiyo-e prints, Gakutei was known for his kyōka poetry,... more

The actor Ichikawa Monnosuke in the role of a man standing by a go table and holding a huge axe

The actor Ichikawa Monnosuke in the role of a man standing by a go tab...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

The actor Ishikawa Danjuro and Ichikawa Monnosuke

The actor Ishikawa Danjuro and Ichikawa Monnosuke

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Portrait of the taya Takigawa

Portrait of the taya Takigawa

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Portrait of the tayu Komurasaki of Tamaya

Portrait of the tayu Komurasaki of Tamaya

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Portrait of the tayu Hanamurasaki of Tamaya

Portrait of the tayu Hanamurasaki of Tamaya

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Portrait of the tayu Somenosuke of Matsubaya

Portrait of the tayu Somenosuke of Matsubaya

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Ichikawa Danjuro as a man pouring a bucket of water on a makimono blazing on a hibachi and Otani Hiroji as a gray-haired man attempting to restrain him, seizing him by the hair and striking him with a straw sandal

Ichikawa Danjuro as a man pouring a bucket of water on a makimono blaz...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Sanjo Kantaro in the role of Seiga no Kanshichi to Oatari

Sanjo Kantaro in the role of Seiga no Kanshichi to Oatari

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

A woman carrying her infant daughter to a shinto temple for the Miya Mairi ceremony of naming, accompanied by two women and a man servant bearing gifts

A woman carrying her infant daughter to a shinto temple for the Miya M...

Kiyonaga is considered one of the great masters of the full-color nishiki-e print and of bijin-ga, images of courtesans and other beautiful women. Like most ukiyo-e artists, however, he also produced a number o... more

A samurai taking his young son to a shinto temple for the Miya Mairi ceremony of naming, accompanied by the child's mother and two maids

A samurai taking his young son to a shinto temple for the Miya Mairi c...

Kiyonaga is considered one of the great masters of the full-color nishiki-e print and of bijin-ga, images of courtesans and other beautiful women. Like most ukiyo-e artists, however, he also produced a number o... more

Three women walking accompanied by a boy carrying a pot of fukujuso

Three women walking accompanied by a boy carrying a pot of fukujuso

Kiyonaga is considered one of the great masters of the full-color nishiki-e print and of bijin-ga, images of courtesans and other beautiful women. Like most ukiyo-e artists, however, he also produced a number o... more

Three women taking a small boy to a shinto temple for the Miya Mairi ceremony of naming

Three women taking a small boy to a shinto temple for the Miya Mairi c...

Kiyonaga is considered one of the great masters of the full-color nishiki-e print and of bijin-ga, images of courtesans and other beautiful women. Like most ukiyo-e artists, however, he also produced a number o... more

Ichikawa Danjuro in the role of Sukeroku and Takinaka Utagawa as Agemaki.  O-O-Oatari

Ichikawa Danjuro in the role of Sukeroku and Takinaka Utagawa as Agema...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Ichikawa Ebizo in his famous role of Kumasaka Chohan the noted robber who was killed by Yoshitsune

Ichikawa Ebizo in his famous role of Kumasaka Chohan the noted robber ...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Scene from the second act of the drama entitled "The Loyal League of the 47 Ronin" (Chushingura)

Scene from the second act of the drama entitled "The Loyal League of t...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

The toilet of an oiran interrupted by the intrusion of a street singer wearing a black robe and a basket hat

The toilet of an oiran interrupted by the intrusion of a street singer...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

The actors Adzuma Tozo and Ichimura Manzo as Manzai dancers

The actors Adzuma Tozo and Ichimura Manzo as Manzai dancers

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Segawa Kikujiro in the role of the "onna hinin katakiuchi" (avenging beggar woman) Kokonno Odeke

Segawa Kikujiro in the role of the "onna hinin katakiuchi" (avenging b...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Yamamoto Matsusaburo as a woman seated in a house and talking to Yamamoto Kiyoshiro in the role of a samurai standing outside the gate

Yamamoto Matsusaburo as a woman seated in a house and talking to Yamam...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Matsushima Heitaro in the role of Hachikenriki

Matsushima Heitaro in the role of Hachikenriki

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

The actor Segawa Kikunojo in the Dojoji shosa odori

The actor Segawa Kikunojo in the Dojoji shosa odori

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Risshun (The beginning of Spring)

Risshun (The beginning of Spring)

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信; c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu was from ... more

Segawa Kikunojo in the Hagoromo no shosa odori

Segawa Kikunojo in the Hagoromo no shosa odori

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

A young woman leading a carabao laden with faggots away from a stream below a waterfall in which a young man is plunging his hand

A young woman leading a carabao laden with faggots away from a stream ...

Unlike almost any other Japanese printmakers, Koryūsai was a samurai. He was born in 1735 and worked as a samurai in the service of the Tsuchiya clan. He became a masterless rōnin after the death of the head of... more

Sannogawa Ichitmatsu in the role of Soga no Goro

Sannogawa Ichitmatsu in the role of Soga no Goro

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Two women standing before a screen looking at a water plant growing in a bronze dish

Two women standing before a screen looking at a water plant growing in...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Two young women, one standing, the other seated by a tub in which iris are growing

Two young women, one standing, the other seated by a tub in which iris...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Sannogawa Ichimatsu in the role of Sanada no Yoichi and Nakamura Tomijuro in a role not named.  Yoichi holds a fan, used by soldiers to signal with

Sannogawa Ichimatsu in the role of Sanada no Yoichi and Nakamura Tomij...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Court attendant with letter box

Court attendant with letter box

Yashima Gakutei (Born: 1786, Osaka, Japan, Died: 1868, Osaka, Japan) was an artist and poet who was a pupil of both Totoya Hokkei and Hokusai. Besides his Ukiyo-e prints, Gakutei was known for his kyōka poetry,... more

Segawa Kikunojo in the role of Onna Narukami in the drama "Soga Katagiuchi"

Segawa Kikunojo in the role of Onna Narukami in the drama "Soga Katagi...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Onoe Kikugoro in the role of Soga no Goro and Segawa Kikujiro as a tennin riding on a crane

Onoe Kikugoro in the role of Soga no Goro and Segawa Kikujiro as a ten...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Segawa Kikunojo as Onna Narukami hurling a huge rock at Soga no Goro Tokimune, impersonated by an actor of the Ichimura line.  Rain is falling and a dragon appears partly veiled by a black storm cloud

Segawa Kikunojo as Onna Narukami hurling a huge rock at Soga no Goro T...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

The Evening boat at Tomigaoka

The Evening boat at Tomigaoka

Kiyonaga is considered one of the great masters of the full-color nishiki-e print and of bijin-ga, images of courtesans and other beautiful women. Like most ukiyo-e artists, however, he also produced a number o... more

Segawa Kikunojo in the role of a woman standing in a room listening to the strains from a koto, a sho, a biwa, and a taiko (ancient musical instruments) which appear in a cloud above her head and are played by unseen hands, while lotus petals fall

Segawa Kikunojo in the role of a woman standing in a room listening to...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Segawa Kikunojo as a woman at her toilet before a mirror and Nakamura Katsujuro as a samurai standing beside her.  Outside the house, a blossoming cherry tree appears, and a glimpse of a winding stream

Segawa Kikunojo as a woman at her toilet before a mirror and Nakamura ...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Segawa Kikunojo as a Onna no Narukami, seated, holding a sake cup.  By her side a sake bottle, behind her stands Saitogo, impersonated by Onoe Kikugoro.  Behind them a waterfall and the corner of a house

Segawa Kikunojo as a Onna no Narukami, seated, holding a sake cup. By...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Evening breeze at Awaji, Lake Biwa, Province of Omi

Evening breeze at Awaji, Lake Biwa, Province of Omi

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Sawamura Sojuro as a samurai looking out from a house at Nakamura Tomijuro, who, as Mago no Shoko is standing on the ground near the veranda brandishing a sword and holding a banner, while the wig from his disguise lies on the ground

Sawamura Sojuro as a samurai looking out from a house at Nakamura Tomi...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Large head and bust of a woman partly seen through a curtain of bamboo strips, looking at her reflection in a hand mirror

Large head and bust of a woman partly seen through a curtain of bamboo...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Large head and bust of a woman wearing a bath robe and holding a towel which is thrown about her shoulders

Large head and bust of a woman wearing a bath robe and holding a towel...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Naramura Tomijuro as a woman dressing the hair of a man- the actor Otoni Hiroji- seated by a hous, upon the shoji of which appears the silhouette of a woman carrying a bag

Naramura Tomijuro as a woman dressing the hair of a man- the actor Oto...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

Half length seated figure of a young man of dejected aspect and a young woman with one hand on his arm and a needle in her other hand, trying to comfort him

Half length seated figure of a young man of dejected aspect and a youn...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

A woman looking over the shoulder of a young man who is smoking a pipe and reading a book

A woman looking over the shoulder of a young man who is smoking a pipe...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

A young man surreptitiously clasping the hand of a young woman who stands beside him

A young man surreptitiously clasping the hand of a young woman who sta...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

A woman with a writing brush in her hand turning to speak to a young man who stands behind her, bending forward

A woman with a writing brush in her hand turning to speak to a young m...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Two drunken lovers; the woman attempting to prevent the man from rising

Two drunken lovers; the woman attempting to prevent the man from risin...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

A young man bending forward to speak to a young woman who has grasped both of his wrists

A young man bending forward to speak to a young woman who has grasped ...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

A man with a cloth tied around his head and a sword in his right hand, talking to a woman who is holding a kerchief  with which she is preparing to cover her head

A man with a cloth tied around his head and a sword in his right hand,...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Bando Hikosaburo in the role of Tsuneyo Sano seated upon the veranda of a house, cutting down his potted trees.  Seated on the ground are Nakamura Sukegoro as a man pouring rice from a box into a large basket, and Sannogawa Ichimatsu as another man seated beside him, both engaged in conversation with Sano

Bando Hikosaburo in the role of Tsuneyo Sano seated upon the veranda o...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more

A young mother leaning against the door post of a house and looking down at her infant son who lies at her feet and is reaching up to her

A young mother leaning against the door post of a house and looking do...

Utamaro was born in 1753 in Edo (Tokyo) and died in 1806. He is considered the leading Japanese printmaker and painter of bijin. Utamaro started his career as a student of the master painter Toriyama Sekien. Ut... more

Sawamura Sojuro in the role of Yoshibei, talking to a joro impersonated by Segawa Kikunojo

Sawamura Sojuro in the role of Yoshibei, talking to a joro impersonate...

Torii Kiyomasu II (鳥居 清倍, c. 1720–1750), like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theatres. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using... more