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Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Courtesans of Tsutaya Teahouse with crowds Ryōgoku Bridge behind

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Dates: 1790s,created
Dimensions: 10.3 in,15.3 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna;

Physical description:

Courtesans of the Tsutaya Teahouse, Ryōgoku Bridge in background. 2nd sheet from right from a pentaptych offering a panoramic view of crowds of young men and women enjoying the activities near the Ryōgoku Bridge spanning the Sumida River in Edo. The kimono of the teahouse waitress on the left bears the mon (crest) of the actor Sawamura Sōjūrō III (1753-1801), indicating that she was an avid fan of the actor. Recent scholarship suggests this impression could be a Meiji reprinting from the original blocks.