Fond of Food

c. 1801-2
Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川歌麿), d. 1806

Format, Size: Ōban nishiki-e
Series: Eight Views of Favorite Things of Today (当世好物八景)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (泉家市兵衛)
Signature: Utamaro hitsu (哥麿筆)
Reference: Collia-Suzuki p. 231 no. 7

Each design in this series depicts a woman in half-length portrait format together with either a man or a child. This woman’s “favorite thing” is food. Curiously, no food appears in the design, although the male (wakashu) holds a toothpick in his mouth and appears somewhat annoyed. All eight designs from the series are presently known. This is the only design of the series that does not appear in any known institutional collections, though it is described in the reference above.