Toyokuni III Utagawa, Courtesans of Miura Tea House

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artists: Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1865)
Title: Courtesans of Miura-ya
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
Date: 1855
Condition report: Centre folds, a few wormholes.
Size: (L)37.3 x 25.6 cm (C) 37.4 x 25.6 cm (R) 37.4 x 25.5 cm


Toyokuni III Utagawa, also known as Kunisada I Utagawa, was one of the most popular artists of his time. A disciple of Toyokuni I Utagawa he, like his master, was extremely well known for his actor prints of kabuki theatre. He also did prints of scenes from the Tale of Genji epic story as well as beauty prints like the ones seen here.


The three beauties portrayed are courtesans of the Miura tea house. There they would have entertained patrons with their knowledge, voice, and instrumental skills, and of course their beauty. While this would have been far outside the budget of the everyday citizen, they could still enjoy a piece of the beauty from their own homes through prints such as these.

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Artist Name Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
Title Courtesans of Miura-ya
Subject Beauty & Female
Dimensions (L) 37.3 x 25.6 cm (C) 37.4 x 25.6 cm (R) 37.4 x 25.5 cm
Publisher Izumiya Ichibei