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Nakagawa, Nino, Isochi なか川 にをの いそち / Matsubaya shintaku misebiraki 松葉屋新宅見世開 (The Opening of the New Premises of the Matsubaya)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1937,0710,0.52

  • Title (object)

    • Nakagawa, Nino, Isochi なか川 にをの いそち

    Title (series)

    • Matsubaya shintaku misebiraki 松葉屋新宅見世開 (The Opening of the New Premises of the Matsubaya)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print. Courtesan Nakagawa of Matsubaya; with her young attendants (kamuro) Niono and Isochi reading letter by brazier. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1795 (c.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38.5 centimetres
    • Width: 25.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right in cartouche
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        松葉屋新宅見世開 / なか川 にをの いそち
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Matsubaya shintaku misebiraki / Nakagawa, Niono, Isochi
      • Inscription Translation

        The Opening of the New Premises of the Matsubaya / Nakagawa, Niono, Isochi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        image, left
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        栄之画
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Eishi giga
      • Inscription Translation

        Fun picture by Eishi
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom left
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kiwame
      • Inscription Comment

        Seal of censorship.
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom left
      • Inscription Comment

        Mark of the publisher, Nishimuraya Yohachi.
  • Curator's comments

    Smith 1988

    The statuesque Nakagawa shows in Eishi's portrayal the most extreme elongation of all 'Ukiyoe' figures, the body eight times the head, which is further extended by the high hair-style. As if to emphasise the length, the two apprentices study a lengthy love-letter to their mistress. The print's title-cartouche refers to the new premises just opened by Nakagawa's House of Matsubaya. The signature is 'Painted by Eishi for fun'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith 1988 119 bibliographic details
    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 2 189 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2008 Jun-Oct 10, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
    2011 Oct – 2012 Feb, BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from Prehistory to the Present’

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1937

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1937,0710,0.52

Colour woodblock print. Courtesan Nakagawa of Matsuya; with kamuros Niono and Isochi reading letter by brazier. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

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Colour woodblock print. Courtesan Nakagawa of Matsuya; with kamuros Niono and Isochi reading letter by brazier. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

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