Color woodblock print
Overall: 36.6 x 21.6 cm (14 7/16 x 8 1/2 in.)
The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.307
The artist's signature is on the door painted with a mandarin drake in a snowy scene.
Two young male courtesans enjoy reading in their quarters by candlelight. One holds an illustrated book recognizable as the drawing manual Illustrated Book of the Treasure-Bag of Sketches (絵本写宝袋), published in 1720 by Tachibana Morikuni (1679–1748). The poem at the top translates as follows:
In all things to be humble,
discern the path of reason,
and abstain from falsehood.
This is what we call righteousness.
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