Edo prints

  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    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
Previous Home Next

Utamaro Enjoying the cool on the banks of the Sumida river (left)


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:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
uta poem  
麿 maro you Drawn by
hitsu writing brush Utamaro

Red Takamizawa seal on verso of the print:

Takamizawa Seal

in which the kanji read:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
taka high  
mi(ru) see  
sawa marsh Published by
han edition Takamizawa

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

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional