Katsukawa SHUNSHO (1726-1792)


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An excessively rare wide hashira-e ( 27.5 x 6.5 in.; 70 x 16.5 cms. ) showing a full length courtesan. The only other impression ( heavily trimmed ) I can locate is illustrated in an unpublished manuscript by Frederick William Gookin, The Life And Works of Katsukawa Shunsho, from the Clarence Buckingham collection ( C.B. AI 7 ). Published c late 1750s. No publisher’s seal.

Very good impression. Probable fading but with nothing to compare with ( the illustration in Gookin is a poor b.& w. image ) it’s difficult to tell. Slight weakening along laid lines ( as per usual ) and some slight marks. Generally very good condition considering size and date. Signed Shunsho ga.

Status: Sold

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