Fireworks over the Sumida river: two women on Ryogoku bridge talking while attendant holds a lantern

Kitagawa Utamaro
1753 - 1806
Fireworks over the Sumida river: two women on Ryogoku bridge talking while attendant holds a lantern
c. 1800
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ôban, 365 x 240 mm

Signed: Utamaro hitsu

Mark of the publisher: Tsutaya Jūzaburō


This is the left sheet of a triptych; the right and center sheets are in the Tokyo National Museum collection. See, for the other two sheets, Ukiyo-e shûka 15 (1980), p. 237, reference figs. 65-6.

Very good impression and colour; application of mica powder on the fires in the sky. Some unobtrusive thinning of the paper on the verso, slightly trimmed on the right side; generally in very good condition.

Another impression of this print is in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts (accession number 21.6401).