|Design:||Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)|
|Title:||Enjoying the cool on the banks of the Sumida river (left)|
|Size:||36.5 x 25.2 cm (ōban)|
|Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks|
Originally published ca. 1795-6 by publisher Yamaguchiya Chūsuke, this version published around the 1950s by publisher Takamizawa from newly carved woodblocks.
Artist’s signature in lower right print area:
Red Takamizawa seal on verso of the print:
in which the kanji read:
The bridge in the background - packed with people - is Ryōgoku bridge crossing the Sumida river in Edo, current day Tokyo. The boy in the foreground is carrying a paper lantern upon which is written Ōnoshi, suggesting that he is pointing at - and about to escort the two young ladies to - the restaurant owned by Ōnoshi Tomihachi at Yanagibashi located on the west bank of the Sumida river.
Provenance: Ukiyoe Gallery Woodblock Prints