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Courtesan Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Aimi of Maru Ebiya, 19th century. Creator: Kikugawa Eizan

Aimi of Maru Ebiya, 19th century. Creator: Kikugawa Eizan
Aimi of Maru Ebiya, 19th century. Series: Tour of the New Yoshiwara

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Street Walkers, 1786. Artist: Benjamin Smith

Street Walkers, 1786. Artist: Benjamin Smith
Street Walkers, 1786. A fashionably dressed man walking from Old Bond Street into Piccadilly encountering a courtesan

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Death and the Courtesan (Signed by the Wood-Engraver), 1903. Artist: Sebald Beham

Death and the Courtesan (Signed by the Wood-Engraver), 1903. Artist: Sebald Beham
Death and the Courtesan (Signed by the Wood-Engraver), 1903. From The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, Volume 1 - March to May 1903. [The Burlington Magazine, Limited, London, 1903]

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Yosooi: Courtesans on a balcony watching a street juggler, c1860. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada

Yosooi: Courtesans on a balcony watching a street juggler, c1860. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Yosooi: Courtesans on a balcony watching a street juggler. From the series Meigi sanjurokasen' (Famous geisha compared to 36 poets). c1860

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Portrait of a Young Woman Known as 'La Bella', 1518. Creator: Jacopo Palma il Vecchio

Portrait of a Young Woman Known as "La Bella", 1518. Creator: Jacopo Palma il Vecchio
Portrait of a Young Woman Known as "La Bella", 1518

Background imageCourtesan Collection: The Love Letter, 1570. Creator: Francois Clouet

The Love Letter, 1570. Creator: Francois Clouet
The Love Letter, 1570

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Young Woman Reading, 1875. Creator: Lucius Rossi

Young Woman Reading, 1875. Creator: Lucius Rossi
Young Woman Reading, 1875. Within this extravagantly decorated interior--which includes a painted ceiling and Asian-inspired upholstery, fire screen

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Ichikawa of the Matsubaya, 1790-1800. Creator: Kitagawa Utamaro

Ichikawa of the Matsubaya, 1790-1800. Creator: Kitagawa Utamaro
Ichikawa of the Matsubaya, 1790-1800. The oiran, or high-ranking yujo woman of pleasure Ichikawa, who worked in the Matsuba house in the Edomachi Itchome district of the Yoshiwara

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Méry Laurent Wearing A Small Toque, 1882. Creator: Edouard Manet

Méry Laurent Wearing A Small Toque, 1882. Creator: Edouard Manet
Mery Laurent Wearing A Small Toque, 1882. Portrait of the actress and singer Mery Laurent

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Satire on conjugal fidelity, c.1540. Creator: Vogtherr, Heinrich, the Elder (1490-1556)

Satire on conjugal fidelity, c.1540. Creator: Vogtherr, Heinrich, the Elder (1490-1556)
Satire on conjugal fidelity, c.1540. Private Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: The Courtesan Hatsuito, 18th century. Creator: Suzuki Harunobu

The Courtesan Hatsuito, 18th century. Creator: Suzuki Harunobu
The Courtesan Hatsuito, 18th century

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Bando Shuka as Hashimotoya Shiraito, 1852. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Bando Shuka as Hashimotoya Shiraito, 1852. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Bando Shuka as Hashimotoya Shiraito, 1852. Kabuki actor in the role of courtesan of the Hashimotoya Restaurant, holding up a gold coin (s)he has just taken from a paper wrapper

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Yatsuhashi of Chumanjiya, 1831. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada

Yatsuhashi of Chumanjiya, 1831. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Yatsuhashi of Chumanjiya, 1831

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Four Actors in the Roles of Natsume Shirosaburo, Saimenosuke, Katsuragi, and Kijin Omatsu, c1835

Four Actors in the Roles of Natsume Shirosaburo, Saimenosuke, Katsuragi, and Kijin Omatsu, c1835

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesans in a Peony Garden, mid-19th century. Creator: Unknown

Courtesans in a Peony Garden, mid-19th century. Creator: Unknown
Courtesans in a Peony Garden, mid-19th century

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Dancing Girls at a Court, c1850. Creator: Unknown

Dancing Girls at a Court, c1850. Creator: Unknown
Dancing Girls at a Court, c1850

Background imageCourtesan Collection: The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The Story of the Courtesan Jigokudayu and Priest Ikkyu, 1886. From A New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Wanting to Meet Someone: A Courtesan of the Kaei Period (1848-1853), 1888

Wanting to Meet Someone: A Courtesan of the Kaei Period (1848-1853), 1888. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Wanting to Meet Someone: A Courtesan of the Kaei Period (1848-1853), 1888. From Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

Background imageCourtesan Collection: The Courtesan Hanamurasaki of Tamaya from the series Supreme Beauties of the Present Day, 1794

The Courtesan Hanamurasaki of Tamaya from the series Supreme Beauties of the Present Day, 1794

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Returning Sails of Akashi: Koimurasaki of the Tamaya, between c1814 and c1817

Returning Sails of Akashi: Koimurasaki of the Tamaya, between c1814 and c1817. Creator: Kikugawa Eizan
Returning Sails of Akashi: Koimurasaki of the Tamaya, between c1814 and c1817. Series: Eight Views of Genji

Background imageCourtesan Collection: The Courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya House, c1830s. Creator: Ikeda Eisen

The Courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya House, c1830s. Creator: Ikeda Eisen
The Courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya House, c1830s. Series: Seven Beauties of the Green Houses

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesans with Children, c1840. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada

Courtesans with Children, c1840. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Courtesans with Children, c1840

Background imageCourtesan Collection: No. 3, Shizunoo, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans... 1860-61

No. 3, Shizunoo, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans... 1860-61. Private Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: No. 27, Tamagiku, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans... 1860-61

No. 27, Tamagiku, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans... 1860-61. Private Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesans on Procession from Ehon tokiwagusa (Eternal Flowers, A Picture Book.), 1730

Courtesans on Procession from Ehon tokiwagusa (Eternal Flowers, A Picture Book.), 1730. Creator: Nishikawa Sukenobu
Courtesans on Procession from Ehon tokiwagusa (Eternal Flowers, A Picture Book.), 1730

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Ofuji of Omiya and her Servant, 1856. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada

Ofuji of Omiya and her Servant, 1856. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Ofuji of Omiya and her Servant, 1856. Man and Woman Playing Hanetsuki

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesans of One of the Green Houses: Yaokaya (?), 1776. Creators: Kitao Shigemasa, Shunsho

Courtesans of One of the Green Houses: Yaokaya (?), 1776. Creators: Kitao Shigemasa, Shunsho
Courtesans of One of the Green Houses: Yaokaya (?), 1776

Background imageCourtesan Collection: The Courtesan Shinahara of Tsuruya with the Kamuro Shinobu, c1800. Creator: Kitagawa Utamaro

The Courtesan Shinahara of Tsuruya with the Kamuro Shinobu, c1800. Creator: Kitagawa Utamaro
The Courtesan Shinahara of Tsuruya with the Kamuro Shinobu, c1800

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesan Shinohara from the House of Tsuruya, c1804. Creator: Kitagawa Utamaro

Courtesan Shinohara from the House of Tsuruya, c1804. Creator: Kitagawa Utamaro
Courtesan Shinohara from the House of Tsuruya, c1804

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Hana no Hito of Ogiya, 1809-1813. Creator: Kikugawa Eizan

Hana no Hito of Ogiya, 1809-1813. Creator: Kikugawa Eizan
Hana no Hito of Ogiya, 1809-1813

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesan with Kamuro and Small Boy, c1830. Creator: Ikeda Eisen

Courtesan with Kamuro and Small Boy, c1830. Creator: Ikeda Eisen
Courtesan with Kamuro and Small Boy, c1830

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesan, Late 18th-early 19th century. Creator: Tsukioka Sessai

Courtesan, Late 18th-early 19th century. Creator: Tsukioka Sessai
Courtesan, Late 18th-early 19th century

Background imageCourtesan Collection: A Beauty of the Matsuba, from the series 'Courtesans of the Five Festivals (Yukun gosekku)'

A Beauty of the Matsuba, from the series "Courtesans of the Five Festivals (Yukun gosekku)", ca 1805. Private Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: The Courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya House Attended by Two Kamuro

The Courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya House Attended by Two Kamuro. Creator: Toyokuni, Utagawa (1769-1825)
The Courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya House Attended by Two Kamuro. Private Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Savant Singh (Reigned 1748-1757) and Bani Thani in the Guise of Krishna

Savant Singh (Reigned 1748-1757) and Bani Thani in the Guise of Krishna... between c1750 and c1775. Creator: Unknown
Savant Singh (Reigned 1748-1757) and Bani Thani in the Guise of Krishna and Radha Cruising on Lake Gundalao (image 1 of 3), between c1750 and c1775

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesan painting, 19th century. Creator: Hokusai

Courtesan painting, 19th century. Creator: Hokusai
Courtesan painting, 19th century

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Two Courtesans and Kamuro, 19th century. Creator: Utagawa Toyokuni II

Two Courtesans and Kamuro, 19th century. Creator: Utagawa Toyokuni II
Two Courtesans and Kamuro, 19th century

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Fête champêtre with Turkish Courtiers under a Tent, c.1720-c.1737. Creator: Jean Baptiste Vanmour

Fête champêtre with Turkish Courtiers under a Tent, c.1720-c.1737. Creator: Jean Baptiste Vanmour
Fete champetre with Turkish Courtiers under a Tent, c.1720-c.1737

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Venetian Courtisane, c.1660-c.1687. Creator: Gerard ter Borch I

Venetian Courtisane, c.1660-c.1687. Creator: Gerard ter Borch I
Venetian Courtisane, c.1660-c.1687

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Madam Mary Davis, actress and Mistress to Charles II, 1815. Creator: Richard Earlom

Madam Mary Davis, actress and Mistress to Charles II, 1815. Creator: Richard Earlom
Madam Mary Davis, actress and Mistress to Charles II, 1815. From From "Portraits of characters illustrious in British History from the beginning of the reign of Henry the Eighth to the end of

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Madame du Barry. Creator: Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet

Madame du Barry. Creator: Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet
Madame du Barry

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Affiche pour les Folies-Bergère, 'Émilienne d'Alençon'. c1898. Creator: Jules Cheret

Affiche pour les Folies-Bergère, "Émilienne d'Alençon". c1898. Creator: Jules Cheret
Affiche pour les Folies-Bergere, "Emilienne d'Alencon". c1898. [Publisher: Imprimerie Chaix; Place: Paris]

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Nelly O'Brien, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1891. Creator: Unknown

Nelly O'Brien, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1891. Creator: Unknown
Nelly O'Brien, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1891. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 44. July to December, 1891

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Saint Thaïs. Creator: Parmigianino

Saint Thaïs. Creator: Parmigianino
Saint Thais

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Courtesan on veranda, 1900-1910. Creator: Ohara, Koson (1877-1945)

Courtesan on veranda, 1900-1910. Creator: Ohara, Koson (1877-1945)
Courtesan on veranda, 1900-1910. Private Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Seiro Bijin awase. Courtesans of the great houses in Yoshiwara, 1770

Seiro Bijin awase. Courtesans of the great houses in Yoshiwara, 1770. Creator: Harunobu, Suzuki (1724-1770)
Seiro Bijin awase. Courtesans of the great houses in Yoshiwara, 1770. Private Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Toto Shin Yoshiwara yobidashi. (Toto Shin, a yobidashi of Yoshiwara), ca 1825

Toto Shin Yoshiwara yobidashi. (Toto Shin, a yobidashi of Yoshiwara), ca 1825. Private Collection

Background imageCourtesan Collection: Portrait présumé de Ninon de Lenclos. Creator: Ecole Francaise

Portrait présumé de Ninon de Lenclos. Creator: Ecole Francaise
Portrait presume de Ninon de Lenclos



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