Sumida River, No. 17 from the series Forty-Eight Famous Views of Edo


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sumida River, No. 17

from the series Forty-Eight Famous Views of Edo

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1861

Hiratsuka from the series Tōkaidō Road

IHL Cat. #1565

About This Print

A view of cherry trees in bloom along the Sumida River, with strollers taking in their beauty and small boats plying the river.

About the Series Forty-Eight Famous Views of Edo
As with many of Hiroshige II's prints, the prints comprising the series Forty-Eight Famous Views of Edo borrowed from his teacher Utagawa Hiroshige I, as can be seen from the Hiroshige I print Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom along the Sumida River below. 

Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom along the Sumida River (Sumidagawa hanazakari),
from the series Famous Places of the Eastern Capital (Kōto meisho), 1839-1842
Utagawa Hiroshige I
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.2295

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Sumida River, No. 17 
  すみ田川 Sumidagawa
 Forty-Eight Famous Views of Edo
 江戸名所四十八景 Meisho Edo yonjūhakkei  
 Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
Hiroshige ga 広重画 (廣重画 as written in cartouche)
 Seal none
 Publication Date
1861 (Man'en 2), 1st month

 酉正改 Rooster 1 aratame
Tsutaya Kichizō [Marks: seal no. 25-427; pub. ref. 556]
Seal reading  蔦吉板 Tsutakichi han
 Impression good
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - soiling primarily in lower and right margins;minor edge damage to margins; 4 pin holes from book binding right margin; not backed; margins untrimmed
 Genre ukiyo-e, fūkei-ga
 Format vertical chūban
 H x W Paper 
 10 1/8 x 7 7/16 in. (25.7 x 18.9 cm)
 9 x 6 5/8 in. (22.9 x 16.8 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston : 06.1751, 11.20549, 11.26411 ; Austrian Museum of Applied Arts BI 17426-1-30; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 2004.026.017; Waseda University Library 請求記号 Call No. チ05 03815 (the entire series bound in book form); Victoria & Albert E.5276-1916