This print is technically unusual in being printed only in tones of blue. Its subject Kaomachi was a famous courtesan of the teahouse called Tama-ya.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.255.
Courtesan Maomachi, Courtesan Kaomachi
Yatama nai Kaomachi (illeg.)
Place where the work was made
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
37.5 x 26.7 cm
Signature & date
Signed l.r.corner, in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Gototei Kunisada ga [picture by Gototei Kunisada]". Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
The Floating World: Japan's World of transient pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 May 1994–17 Jul 1994
Four Centuries of Ukiyo-e Prints, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 07 May 1997–27 Jul 1997
Beauty and Desire in Edo period Japan, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 06 Jun 1998–09 Aug 1998
Referenced in 4 publications
Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, 'Pleasure Town', pg. 25-36, Parkes, 1998, 29 (colour illus.), 70. fig.no. 23
Verlie Just, Four Centuries of Ukiyo-e Prints, Brisbane, 1997. cat.no. 33
Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. C22
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 255 (colour illus.).