Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: A beauty adjusting her makeup (化粧) from the series "Types of the Floating World Seen Through a Physiognomist's Glass" (Ukiyo jinsei tengankiyō - 浮世人精天眼鏡)

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Dates: circa 1830,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Artist's seal: double toshidama in red
Publisher: Moriya Jihei (Marks 353 seal 01-079)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - image only; National Diet Library; Ritsumeikan University - black and white reproduction;

Physical description:

"This series of ten half-length portraits features studies, in the style of Utamaro, of women examined with the magnifying glass of a professional physiognomist. The glass itself appears as the border to the title cartouche. The geisha depicted here wears a simple striped robe of the sort favored in the Fukugawa section of Edo. The long inscription by the author Santō Kyōzan [山東京山: 1767-1858], the younger brother of Santō Kyōden (1761-1816), is a commentary on her type."

Quoted from: Kunisada's World, Japan Society/Ukiyo-e Society, Sebastian Izzard, 1993, p. 127.


There is another copy of this print at the Hofstra University Museum.