Kunisada: Beauties Enjoying the Evening Cool at Azuma Bridge 吾妻橋夕涼景

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)
Title: Beauties Enjoying the Evening Cool at Azuma Bridge 吾妻橋夕涼景
Date: 1854

A beauty lifts the hem of her kimono as she prepares to board a pleasure boat, an expression of light trepidation on her face as she contemplates maneuvering the land-sea  transition in her high geta and layered robes.  An attendant crouches next to her, holding the boat steady for her with one arm and holding a lantern decorated with the Toshidama seal in the other. To the left we see three other beauties already arranging themselves in the in the watercraft, with a tray with dinnerware at left. Above we see Azuma Bridge with the silhouettes of throngs of people crossing above. Behind them the river waters are filled with pleasure boats, some with stacked red lanterns. In the distance we see a pagoda rising from temple grounds to the left. 

Condition: Excellent impression. Very good color and condition. Unbacked and beautifully printed.
Dimensions: ôban triptych (36 x 73.8 cm)
Signature: Toyokuni ga