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An image of Sumida River of the eastern capital by Suzuki/Utagawa HIROSHIGE II

Suzuki/Utagawa HIROSHIGE II

(Japan 1826 – 1869)

Sumida River of the eastern capital
Alternative title:
Tôto Sumidagawa
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
colour woodcut; ôban triptych

36.2 x 74.9 cm:

a - right sheet; 36.5 x 25 cm; sheet

b - centre sheet; 36.2 x 25.1 cm; image

c - left sheet; 36.1 x 25.7 cm; sheet

Signature & date
Signed [right sheet; part a] l.r., in Japanese, "Hiroshige-ga". Signed [centre sheet; part b] l.r. corner, in Japanese, "Hiroshige-ga". Signed [left sheet; part c] l.l. corner, in Japanese, "Ichiritsusai Hiroshige-ga".
Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This image is from the series 'The flowers of Edo with pictures of noted views', an album of 34 striking images by six print designers, mostly dating from the early 1860s.

The triptych depicts a young samurai with a party of young women making a pleasure cruise on the Sumida River. Although the title of the image does not directly reference the Tale, cherry blossom viewing was an elegant custom that began among courtiers of Lady Murasaki’s time and the 'ebi chasen' (‘prawn-tail’) hairstyle worn by the young man is a defining characteristic of Edo-period depictions of Genji.

Asian Art Departmet. AGNSW.

Exhibition history (2)

The Floating World: Japan's World of transient pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 May 1994–17 Jul 1994

Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 2008–15 Feb 2009