Utagawa Hiroshige, 1797-1858
A Shoal of Fish: Abalone, Needlefish (Halfbeak) and Peach Blossoms
(Uo-zukushi: Awabi, Sayori, Momo)
from an untitled series; signed at lower right, (Ichi)ryusai Hiroshige ga, with censor's seal Kiwame and publisher's seal Eijudo (Nishimuraya Yohachi), ca. 1832-3
oban yoko-e 10 by 14 5/8 in., 25.5 by 37.3 cm
This untitled series was published in two groups. The first ten were published by Eijudo (Nishimura Yohachi, dates) around 1832. The next ten came as much as ten years later and were published by Marujin (Maruya Jimpachi) and Kinkyodo (Yamadaya Shobei). The kyoka poems were provided by members of the poetry group Kyokashi. The selection of fish and blossoms establish the month of May, while the poems alludes to the season of spring.
Bryan Holme, Hiroshige: A Shoal of Fishes, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980 (poem translation Ellen Cary and Sally Fisher)
Richard Kruml, Hiroshige: A Shoal of Red Herrings: The Large Fish Series, in Andon 49, Society of Japanese Arts, October 1994, pp. 17-19, nos. 6a-6f
Andreas Marks, Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium, 2011
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