|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|
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:
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.
Provenance: Chris Uhlenbeck’s Hotei Japanese Prints