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Bijin threading a needle (untitled)

Hirezaki Eihō (1880-1968)

 Japanese Color Offset Lithograph

Bijin Threading a Needle (untitled)

from an unidentified magazine

by Migita Toshihide, c. 1915-early 1920s

Hirezaki Eihō (1880-1968)

IHL Cat. #1793

About This Print

An untitled illustration insert (the print has the characteristic three horizontal folds) from an unidentified magazine, likely issued between 1915 and the early 1920s.  The image reminds of me of the below print by Kitagawa Utamaro (early 1750s-1806) titled A Wife of the Lower Rank (Gebon no nyōbō), from the series A Guide to Women's Contemporary Styles (Tōsei onna fūzoku tsū), c. 1801-1802.

About Taishō-Era Bijinga Kuchi-e
Kendall Brown identifies the "golden age" of bijin kuchi-e, illustrations of beautiful women appearing in Taisho-era popular magazines, as the period between 1914 and 1921, with the genre continuing into the 1930s.

For more information on this genre and popular magazines of the period see the article Bijin Kuchi-e and Taisho-Era Popular Magazines on this website. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1793
 Title/Description Bijin threading a needle (untitled)
 Magazine unknown
 Migita Toshihide (1863-1925)
 not signed
年英 Toshihide
 Date c. 1915-early 1920s
 Publisher unknown
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - removed from magazine; uneven trimming along right margin; small paper loss in uppper left corner; small tear bottom center
 Genre bijin kuchi-e
 H x W Paper 11 1/8 x 8 3/4 in. (28.3 x 22.2 cm)
 H x W Image 11 1/8 x 8 3/4 in. (28.3 x 22.2 cm)
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