|Design:||Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)|
|Title:||Enjoying the cool on the banks of the Sumida river (middle)|
|Size:||36.5 x 24.8 cm (ōban)|
|Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks|
Special effects: karazuri (embossing) on the fan held by the lady on the right and on the fan the young boy is carrying on his back.
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:
Two women are walking along the river bank with a young boy carrying an insect cage. In the middle distance fireworks ignited from a chokibune or takasebune (I’m not sure what type of boat it is) are seen erupting in the night sky of Edo.
Provenance: Ukiyoe Gallery Woodblock Prints