This painting is named “Fukagawa hakkei 深川八景 (Eight Views of Fukagawa)”, one of the series of Niken chaya no bosetsu 二軒茶屋ノ暮雪 (Evening Snow at the Niken Tea-house). It was produced in Edo period, 1772(c.), by Katsukawa Shunsho (勝川春章). It is Colour woodblock print. Two tea-house girls entertaining client in winter; view of Hachiman shrine in top section. Inscribed and signed.
Two tea-house girls entertain a client in winter. This is one of a series ‘Eight Views of Fukagawa’ showing the riverside district in Edo (Tokyo) celebrated for its unlicensed brothels. The section at the top shows the Hachiman shrine where the tea-house was situated. ‘Lingering Snow’ is one of the themes of the classical Chinese pictorial set of ‘Eight Views of the Xiaoxiang Rivers’. The signature is ‘Painted by Katsukawa Shunsho’.
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