Sumida River

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Sumida River

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1942

IHL Cat. #620

About This Print

A  WWII view of an industrial area along the Sumida River, softened with the presence of the kimono-clad woman with parasol on the left and the sailboats on the river.  In the first half of 1942 Japan reached the height of her power, but also suffered the first air raids on Tokyo and her first major defeats, e.g. Battle of Midway, in the latter half of the year.

This print, whose provenance is attributed to the Uchida family archives, is clearly a proof print using a different color scheme as compared with the released version below and leaving off the title and artist's signature.  Also note the mis-registration of the border around the image.

Sumida River (Sumidagawa), 1942
From the series Eight Views of Tokyo (Tokyo hakkei)
Published by Uchida
8 3/8 x 11 in. (21.3 x 27.9 cm) sheet
7 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (19.1 x 25.7 cm) image
Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.1357.5

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #620
 Title  Sumida River (Sumidagawa 隅田川)
 Series  attributed to the series Eight Views of Tokyo (Tokyo hakkei) by Carnegie Museum of Art
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Date  1942
 Edition  proof print
 Publisher  Uchida Bijutsu Shoten (U Chi Da Han seal, shown left) and Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi - lower right margin
 Impression  fair
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - printer ink marks scattered through clouds, mis-registered border.  Consistent with being a proof print, not offered for sale.
 Genre  shin hanga
 Format  chuban
 H x W Paper  8 3/8 x 11 1/4 in. (21.3 x 28.6 cm)
 H x W Image
 7 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (19.1 x 25.7 cm)
 Collections This Print  Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.1357.5
 Reference Literature  Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century, Amanda T. Zehnder, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009, p. 177.