Hiroshige: Night Cherry Blossoms on the Sumida Embankment
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Night Cherry Blossoms on the Sumida Embankment
Date: Ca. 1847-48
Three beauties enjoy a spring evening of cherry blossom viewing, entitled “Night Cherry Blossoms on the Sumida River Embankment” The woman on the left seems to be a servant, carrying both a lantern and some presents. This is a famous design, one that highlights Hiroshige’s skill at seamlessly integrating portraiture with landscape.
(Sumida Tsutsumi yamiyo no sakura). The inscription on the lantern reads “Oguraan”, possibly the name of restaurant.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Fold along right edge of each sheet.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Iseya Ichibei
Literature: See Van Vleck Collection, page 195. Illustrated in the “Baur Collection” by Matthi Forrer (1994), plate G565.
Seal: Kiku; censor’s seal of Hama and Kinugasa
Signature: Hiroshige ga