Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ôban, 368 x 248 mm
Signed: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date seal: Snake 10 (1857)
Superb impression, full margins, pristine colour, in fine condition; light, unobtrusive, horizontal fold at center.
We see the Yoroy ferry on the left, full of passengers. This ferry carried people form one side to the other of the Nihonbashi River. The row of buildings at the center are the Koami-chowarehouses, where rice, soy, and oil were stored. In the middle of the river to the right is a cargo boat filled with boxes marked tea.To the right we see a stylish young woman taking in the view, her parasol aloft against the sun. In the sky flit swallows.
Three impressions of the print are preserved at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston ( accession numbers 11.16706, 11.35833, 11.36876.32). Another impression is at the Honolulu Museum of Art (inv. 22737).
Andrew Stevens, The Edward Burr Van Vleck Collection of Japanese Prints, Madison, Wisconsin, 1990, no. 46;
H. D. Smith II – A. G. Poster, Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,New York, 2000, no. 46.