Segawa of the Matsubaya: Returning Sails, c. 1773-1775

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This print is a mitate (visual parody) on the classical Chinese theme of the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers. It is one of a series that depicts popular prostitutes in scenes that allude to the eight views. Here, the prostitute Segawa and her attendant are playing the shamisen while returning boats—the theme of one of the views—can be seen in the background.

Segawa of the Matsubaya: Returning Sails
Artist Life
1735 - 1790 ?
Accession Number
Frank Loyd Wright; Edward Burr Van Vleck; Ruth Lathrop Sikes (until 1967)
Catalogue Raisonne
Hockley 2003, App. 1, #F.20 but unlisted
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