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Women Boating by the Ryōgoku Bridge on Sumida River
  • Kitagawa Utamaro
    died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Women Boating by the Ryōgoku Bridge on Sumida River, early 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7875
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
Installation related to "Tokyo: The Imperial Capital Woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940," Feb-2005, Hillary Pedersen
Utamarō was Edo’s foremost printer of women. Here he depicts a group boating on the Sumida river in the Ryōgoku district during a festival. Men oggle the women from the teashops along the lanterned riverbanks, as two courtesans attempt to switch places on the boats. The crowded bridge and multitude of boats in the congested river attests to the popularity of this area as a popular entertainment venue. The artist has placed his signature and seal on each of the three prints comprising this triptych, so that they could be sold individually or as a set.