Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国) (artist 1769 – 02/24/1825)
Courtesans of Tsutaya Teahouse with near the Ryōgoku Bridge - one panel of a pentaptych
10.3 in x 15.3 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna
Musée Guimet - the full composition 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.
There is a color reproduction of this composition in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections: Musée Guimet, Paris, II, supervised by Muneshige Narazaki, Kodansha, 1990, #96.
Nishimuraya Yohachi (西村屋与八) (publisher)
Ryōgokubashi (両国橋) (genre)