Kunisada (1786 - 1865)
1. The Book-Washing Komachi, 1820
14.50 x 10 in (36.83 x 25.40 cm)
Series: Seven Episodes of Ono no Komachi of the Yoshiwara Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi Fine impression, color and condition. This a mitate (comparison) of the first episode in the legend of beautiful 9th century poetess Ono no Komachi. Kunisada is using high ranking courtesans to illustrate the 7 famous episodes in Komachi's life. In the Book-washing she is accused of plagiarism by a rival male poet, whom she discredits.