Kiyochika: The Sumida River at Night (Sumidagawa yoru)

Kiyochika: The Sumida River at Night (Sumidagawa yoru) (Sold)

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: The Sumida River at Night (Sumidagawa yoru)
Date: 1881

Perfect view of a silhouetted couple walking along the banks of the Sumida River. A man in Japanese dress with a bowler holds a cane and a small lantern, with a woman (perhaps a maid from a nearby restaurant) guiding him back to the ferry landing. In the distance lies the entrance to the San’ya Canal with brightly lit restaurants providing beckoning lights. This image was used in the advertisement for the 2014 Smithsonian exhibition on Kiyochika; “Master of the Night”.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Very early state. The character for “9” is written in sumi in the upper right margin.
Dimensions: ôban horizontal
Publisher: Fukada Kumajirô
Literature: Pictured in “Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan” by Henry D. Smith II, figure 33.
Signature: Kobayashi Kiyochika