Edo prints


  Design: Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)  
  Title: Above and below Ryōgoku bridge  
  Size: 37.6 x 25.4 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Utamaro Above and below Ryogoku bridge (top left)

Enlargement


Originally released ca. 1795-6 by publisher Ōmiya Gonkurō, this version was published around the 1920s by publisher and designer Hashiguchi Goyō (1880-1921) from newly carved woodblocks.

Ladies from a feudal household are standing on Ryōgoku bridge and enjoying the scenery.

This is the first print in a spectacular hexaptych of woodblock prints. A simultaneous view of the prints in this hexaptych can be seen here.


Artist’s signature on left pillar of the railing of Ryōgoku bridge:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
uta poem  
麿 maro you Drawn by
hitsu writing brush Utamaro

Followed by black Iwa seal and rectangular seal of the original publisher Ōmiya Gonkurō containing his name and address: Hon Ōmiya Asakusa Kayamachi.

Red rectangular Goyo publisher seal in left margin of the print.


References


Provenance: Chris Uhlenbeck’s Hotei Japanese Prints

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