Hiroshige II: Night Rain at the Pillow Bridges (Makura bashi yau)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige II
Title: Night Rain at the Pillow Bridges (Makura bashi yau)
Series: Eight Views of the Sumida River (Sumidagawa hakkei)
At the mouth of Genshin River which flows here into the Sumida River (at the very left) is the entrance to Mukô-jima. Here there are two bridges over the Genshin River connecting Koume and Kawaramachi. These bridges looked like pillows (makura), therefore they were called the Pillow Bridges. By the bridges there was Tea House Mukôjima Yaomatsu-rô, which was once painted by Ogura Ryûson. A beauty carrying a lantern on which it is written “Ogura” in red and on her umbrella, a Chinese character “kura (gura).” She passes a man in a straw cape.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Hirano-ya Shinzô
Literature: Prints by Utagawa Hiroshige in the James A Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts 1991. p.145, ill. VIII-2-14
Seal: Censor’s: aratame; 11th month of Cock year (1861)
Signature: Hiroshige ga