Suzuki Harunobu
Japanese (1724-1770)
[Courtesan Emptying a Pipe], 1770
Color woodblock
8×5 IN.

From "Illustrated Book Comparing Beauties from the Green Houses." Signed on block lower left: "Harunobu"; inscribed on block upper half. Publishers: Funake Kasuke, Koizumi Chugoro, and Maruya Jimpachi. A fine koban impression in fine condition with no margins. This is an 18th century impression with signature added to block.
"Illustrated Book Comparing Beauties from the Green Houses" is considered Harunobu's masterpiece in book illustration.

$ 3,000