Painting: Preliminary drawing (shita-e) for a tetraptych - Utagawa School - A place of pilgrimage - a temple district with waterfall

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Dates: created,1800s
Dimensions: 31.5 in,15.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Preliminary drawing (shita-e) for a Japanese multi-panel woodblock print.

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Physical description:

The depicted scenery must be a well-known and popular temple district where pilgrims traveled to do penance under a waterfall. Starting from right to left we see, in a valley in the distance, the main temple area surrounded by woods.

In the foreground a group of pilgrims are seated under a straw roof, among them one warming up by a fire, one other reading a book. Two men sitting on wicker-baskets, one tying up his shoes, behind him an arriving pilgrim addressing the latter person.

While leading the eye further to the left we meet a group of onlookers staring- a bit frightened as it seems - at a woman under a waterfall who suffers from the ice-cold water to such a degree that two strong men are needed to make her stay, these two probably being the porters of the load we saw near the fire. In the left part of the drawing we recognize three instances with 'pentimenti', revealing corrections to head positions of three of the figures.