|Design:||Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)|
|Title:||Above and below Ryōgoku bridge|
|Size:||38.4 x 25.6 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.
Below Ryōgoku bridge a chokibune (a small ferry boat which transported passengers and goods at speed along the river) is being manoeuvred along the Sumida river while its two female passengers, sheltering from the sun beneath a parasol, observe the ladies in the other boats.
This is the fourth 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 prow of the boat on the right:
Followed by a black Iwa seal on the same prow as well as a 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