Fireworks at Ryogoku
(Ryogoku Hanabi no Zu)
the title along the bottom margin, Ryogoku Hanabi no Zu, dated on the right margin (partially obscured), Meiji jusannen (Meiji 13 ), followed by the publisher name and address of Fukuda Kumajiro located in Hasegawa-cho, and the artist, Gako Koyashi Kiyochika ga, with has address in Yonezawa-cho, ca. 1880
oban yoko-e 9 by 13 1/4 in., 22.8 by 33.8 cm
A burst of fireworks in the sky over the distant Ryogoku Bridge darkens the pleasure boats and the spectators in the foreground. The small covered boat on the left is a yanebune ('roof boat') which holds just a few viewers; to the right is a longer uncovered skiff which accommodates a larger group; and beyond that we see an array of red lanterns strung along the roof of a yakatabune ('palace boat') identifying it as the Asahi-maru.
Tokichi Sakai, Kiyochika, The Japan Association for the Preservation of Ukiyo-e, translation by N.S. Gankow, 1969, pl. 39
Henry D. Smith III, Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988, p. 41, no. 35
Exhibition of Kobayashi Kiyochika, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 1998, p. 40, no. 38
Hideki Kikkawa, Kobayashi Kiyochika: Studies in Light and Shadow of the Westernization of Japan, Seigensha Art Publishing, 2015, p. 46, no. 59
Kobayashi Kiyochika: A Retrospective, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, 2016, p. 63, nos. 86 & 87
(inv. no. C-1616)
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