|Design:||Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)|
|Title:||Above and below Ryōgoku bridge|
|Size:||37.9 x 25.3 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.
Three ladies are talking and commenting on the scenery below Ryōgoku bridge. On their right we see the paraphernalia of a water seller. These peddlers sold cool, clean water from distant fresh-water springs. This water, which was slightly sweetened, was especially welcome during the hot days of summer.
This is the third 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 middle pillar of the railing of Ryōgoku bridge:
Black Iwa seal on the same railing as well as 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