GARDEN PARTY (Mizuno Toshikata)

N.1 ukiyo-e woodblock print
Year: 1898
Condition: very good
Size: 31 x 20,5 cm



Fine polychrome woodblock print made in December 1898 by the artist Mizuno Toshikata (水野年方) and entitled “Garden Party” (園遊会). In the foreground the waitresses of a tea house. In the background some men, wearing kimono (着物) and top hats, are walking in a park of cherry trees in bloom.

The work, produced by the publisher Akiyama Buemon (秋山武右衛門), owner of Kokkeido (滑稽堂), is taken from the series “Ima yo bijin” (今様美人), or “modern beauties”, and is dedicated to the month of March.

The print, despite the trimming of the margins, is in very good general condition, thanks also to a thick relining made on the back with a second sheet of Japanese washi paper (和紙).