Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川歌麿)

Artist: Hashiguchi Goyō (橋口五葉)

Print: Bijin on the Ryōgoku Bridge, and on a Pleasure Craft on the River

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Dates: 1920,created
Dimensions: 32.25 in,15.625 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: Lyon Collection - original Utamaro print from the upper left;Bryn Mawr College - 20th century copy of the top three panels;

Physical description:

Laurence Binyon wrote in Japanese Colour Prints in 1906 on page 128 about the full, oroginal composition by Utamaro: "In his unique six-sheet composition of "The Bridge" the figures are tall and slender, but with no wasp-like contractions. There is only one other instance known of a six-sheet composition formed of two triptychs placed, not side by side, but one above the other, and that is a view of a theatre interior, and the audience, by Toyokuni."