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triptych print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1910,0614,0.16.1-3

  • Description

    Colour woodblock-printed triptych. Party in pleasure boat on Sumida River at night, encountering group dredging for fish in small boat with large scoop-net. Nishi-e on paper. Signed and sealed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1801 (ca.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 37.9 centimetres (right)
    • Width: 24.8 centimetres (right)
    • Height: 37.8 centimetres (centre)
    • Width: 24.9 centimetres (centre)
    • Height: 37.8 centimetres (left)
    • Width: 25.2 centimetres (left)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        each sheet, image
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        哥麿筆
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Utamaro hitsu
      • Inscription Translation

        Brush by Utamaro
      • Inscription Comment

        Without the 'akubi' (yawning) element on right-hand side of the 'Uta' character.
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        each sheet, image, boat
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kiwame
      • Inscription Comment

        Censorship seal.
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        each print, image, boat
      • Inscription Comment

        Seal of the collector, Wakai Kenzaburo.
  • Curator's comments

    Asano and Clark 1995

    A scene of pleasure-boating on the Sumida River at night behind a large scoop-net that is the main feature of the composition. Such scoop-nets were particularly used to fish for whitebait in spring, and it is likely that such an association is intended here — so the fish already in the bottom of the boat must be whitebait. The unlikely preponderance of women in the design is a fabrication common to many Ukiyo-e.

    Literature:
    Shibui, Kiyoshi 渋井清, 'Ukiyo-e zuten, vol. 13: Utamaro' 「ウキヨエ図典13 歌麿」, Kazama Shobo, Tokyo, 1964, pls. 41-2-1, 41-2-2, 41-2-3.
    ‘Ukiyo-e taikei’「浮世絵大系」, gen. ed. Goto, Shigeki, vol. 6, Shueisha, Tokyo, 1976, black and white figs. 73-75.
    "Kitagawa Utamaro sakuhin mokuroku" 「喜多川歌麿作品目録」, 'Ukiyo-e shuka', 「浮世絵聚花」, vol. 3 (Bosuton Bijutsukan III ボストン美術館3), Shogakkan, Tokyo, 1978, pp. 235-254, pl. 574.
    'Ukiyo-e shuka' 「浮世絵聚花」, vol. 3, Shogakkan, Tokyo, 1978-85, pls. 178-180.
    ‘Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan’「秘蔵浮世絵大観」, gen. ed. Narazaki, Muneshige, vol. 9, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1987-90, pl. 159.
    ‘Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan’「秘蔵浮世絵大観」, gen. ed. Narazaki, Muneshige, suppl. vol., Kodansha, Amsterdam, 1987-90, black and white fig. 25.

    Other impressions:
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
    Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Bruxelles.
    The Art Institute of Chicago.
    The Cleveland Museum of Art.
    Werner Schindler Collection.
    Tokyo National Museum 東京国立博物館.
    Musée National des Art Asiatiques-Guimet, Paris (centre sheet only).
    Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge (Mass.).

    [Main text translated in Japanese below / 以下上記本文日本語訳]

    浅野/クラーク 1995

    夜の隅田川、屋根舟での遊興と、四つ手網漁を描く。画面を大きく支配する四つ手網がポイントである。四つ手網といえば、春の白魚漁が特に知られており、この図もそのことを念頭においた作品であろう。漁舟にみえる魚は白魚ということになる。女性が多いのは浮世絵的虚構と考えてよい。Smith 1988

    On a hot summer night rich revellers disport on a pleasure-boat on the Sumida River in Edo (Tokyo). They have drawn up by a fishing boat to watch it. The print is signed 'The brush of Utamaro'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Asano & Clark 1995 362 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1988 97 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2010 22 Sep-14 Nov, Birmingham, Ikon Gallery, 'Kitagawa Utamaro'
    2011 Feb 14- Jun 13, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1910

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1910,0614,0.16.1-3

Colour woodblock triptych print. Party in pleasure boat on Sumida River at night, encountering group dredging for fish in small boat with large scoop-net. Nishi-e on paper. Signed and sealed.

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Colour woodblock triptych print. Party in pleasure boat on Sumida River at night, encountering group dredging for fish in small boat with large scoop-net. Nishi-e on paper. Signed and sealed.

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