I SPY ... DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE SAME PRINT

Having found a few prints that initially looked the same, we found that after a closer study of the prints, that they contained small changes/differences. These may be simply in the name of the OIRAN, the design of the clothes and backgrounds, the colours. To create variety or simply make them unique, small changes were made. Also original designs were reprinted in a later period, with other colours and new designs for the layers of the kimono, while the main designs on the outer layer kimono didn´t change.
Below you´ll find some examples of comparable prints that are part of my collection. The bottom section has alternatives found on the internet to compare them with prints from the collection.


What differences did we find on the same designs:
- name of oiran or brothel
- colours of the kimono
- designs on the hakake, under layers of the kimono
- designs on the material of the main kimono, not the main design
- background clouds, if applicable, sometimes change size or position while the trees stay exactly the same
- some prints were signed while others were not, but the image was exactly the same


A set printed with different colours, designs and names, printed and reprinted in a different period.

EDO period

EDO period

MEIJI period

MEIJI period


oiran name and design on colours on hakake
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oiran name and design and hakake and colour on uchikake
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oiran name and deisgn on hakake kimono
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same design but different signature
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TOYOKUNI 1769-1825 / SADANOBU 1809-1879


print12 and print56
Name of OIRAN.
Designs and colours on kimono.
Clouds and blossoms in background
print31 and print69
Colours on kimono.
print63 and print64
Signed and unsigned
Name of OIRAN.
Design and colours on kimono.
Blue behind blossoms.
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print5 and print51
Name of OIRAN.
Designs on kimono.
print52 and print85
Summer and winter version of tree branch in the top right corner
print143 & print155
Colours on kimono and background


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ALTERNATIVE IMAGES FOUND ON THE INTERNET
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Print 22 & alternative
Print 24 & alternative
Print 32 & alternative
Print 46 & alternative
Print 65 & alternative
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Print 4 & alternative without signature
Print 11 & alternative
Print 72 & alternative
Print 92 & alternative with signature Print 96 & alternative
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Print 88 & alternative Print 59 & alternative Print 26 & alternative Print 95 & alternative Print 99 & alternative
Print 43 & alternative Print 25 & alternative Print 1 & alternative Print 10 & alternative Print 102 & alternative
Print 117 & alternative