Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery

Cheerful-looking: Ryо̄goku Bridge

Woodblock Print
1822-23 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin



object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleTwelve Views of Modern Beauties (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Pap, Japan, prints



Cheerful-looking: Ryо̄goku Bridge, from the series Twelve Views of Modern Beauties, by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848), Edo (Tokyo), about 1822–23
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Ki ga karusou, Ryо̄gokubashi (Picture title)
  • Imayо̄ bijin jūnikei (Series title)
  • Keisai Eisen ga (Signature)
Gallery Label
In the late Edo period, fashionable women living in the capital favoured naturalistic make-up for an understated yet elegant look. But during the 1810s to 1830s a brief trend for heavy make-up surfaced. Sasairo beni (‘bamboo-coloured rouge’) was undoubtedly the most eye-catching style of the time. This picture is from a series depicting contemporary beauties of Edo (Tokyo). The stylish courtesan wears a kimono with a bat motif that was made popular by the Kabuki star Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (1791–1859). (31/5/2022)
Collection
Accession Number
E.12927-1886

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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