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the series title at the upper left, Tose ryori-tsu: Ueno Kuromonmae Horaiya, signed Keisai Eisen ga, with censor’s seal kiwame (approved), followed by the publisher’s seal Sano kichi (Sanoya Kihei, Kinkakudo), sealed again by the publisher on the hem of her obi, Ooatari (‘big win’) Sanoki han, ca. 1830s
oban tate-e 15 1/8 by 10 1/4 in., 38.5 by 26.1 cm
This print is from a series promoting restaurants from various neighborhoods in Edo, the location of each depicting within a landscape cartouche framed with a decorative lacquer border. Here a rather casual waitress makes an attempt to put her hair in order, while the kimono open at her neck and loosely tied obi at her waist await her attention as well. The title to her right identifies the Horaiya restaurant as located at the front of the Kuromon (black gate) at Ueno Hill, an area that belonged to the Kan’ei-ji temple complex. In the inset landscape cartouche we see a view of the shrine dedicated to the goddess Benten located on an island (Benten-jima) at the center of the Shinobazu pond in Ueno.
Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World, 2012, p. 154, no. 179