Sumida River of the eastern capital
Suzuki/Utagawa HIROSHIGE II Suzuki/Utagawa
1826 - 1869
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.
Place where the work was made
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, 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
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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
In one drop of water, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jun 2019–Dec 2020