Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokiuni III), 1786-1865

Evening Cool at Azuma
(Azuma te yusuzumi)

each sheet signed Toyokuni ga within artist's toshidama seal, with publisher's seal of Daikoku-ya Heikichi, carver's seal Horiko Fusajiro, and nanushi censor seals Kinugasa (Kinugasa Fusajiro) and Watanabe (Watanabe Shoemon), ca. 1849-50

oban tate-e triptych 14 by 30 3/8 in., 35.6 by 77 cm

Azuma (lit. 'the East') is a common poetic name for Edo, or the Eastern Capital. This print depicts a group of beauties enjoying the evening cool and fireworks in the area near the Ryogoku Bridge, seen in the distance. During the summer months the Sumida River was open to pleasure boats, where on most clear nights there were firework displays.



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