Hiroshige, Utagawa; designer; Japanese artist, 1797-1858
Colour print from woodblocks. Oban. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Publisher's seal: Yamadaya (Yamadaya Shôjirô). Date seal: Horse 8 (August 1858)
given; 1913; Riches, Thomas Henry
From the series Sankai mitate sumo (Sumo bouts between landscapes and seascapes) published by Yamadaya Shôjirô in 1858. The title is inscribed on a cartouche in the shape of the fan used by the referee at a sumo wrestling match. The artist originally planned to include 140 prints in 70 pairs, each pair comprising a landscape and a seascape from one of the 70 provinces of Japan, but only ten pairs were completed. This print was paired with a view of the coast at Tanakuchi, also in Bizen Province. They were among the last prints that Hiroshige saw published: he died in the following month.
Object Number: P.3558-R
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182492; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2012-05-17)