Grass, reading, bonito, Lake Hakone, bonsai from the series Ryūsai manga


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Grass, reading, bonito, Lake Hakone, bonsai

from the series Ryūsai manga

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1879

Suruga-chō, Evening scene of Mitsui Bank with Mt Fuji from the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present

IHL Cat. #1582

About This Print

The artist Utagawa Hiroshige III, a disciple of the great Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797-1858), created these sketches (manga), which were arranged three, four or five to a single sheet as a harimaze-e, in 1879.  Titled "Sketches by Ryūsai", Ryūsai being an artist name (gō) of Hiroshige III, they were very much in the tradition of his master Hiroshige I, who is sometimes credited as the inventor of the print genre harimaze, which can be literally translated as "paste and mix pictures" and is commonly translated as "cut-out pictures."

The height of their popularity was in the mid-1800s and these inexpensive prints were purchased and then often cut-apart and pasted onto Japanese screens or into scrapbooks.  Harimazi-e could include the work of multiple artists or just a single artist, as in  the case of these harimaze-e.  For other examples of harimazi-e in this collection see Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889) and his works from the series Kyōsai Manga.

In the above print the left bottom panel pictures Lake Hakone with Mount Fuji in the background.  Note the similarities with Hiroshige I's 1952 print Lake in the Mountains of Hakone from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.

Hiroshige III's Lake Hakone

Hiroshige I's 
 Lake in the Mountains of Hakone

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description  Grass, boy reading, bonito, Lake Hakone, bonsai 
 Series  Sketches by Ryūsai 
 Ryūsai manga 立斎漫画
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
画工:安藤徳兵エ [as printed in left margin]
artist name: Andō Tokubei [Hiroshige III's family name]
"Hiro" diamond seal [this seal was also used by Hiroshige I]
 Publication Date
March 28, 1879
Mizuno Keijirō 水野慶治郎
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  ukiyo-e; harimaze-e
 Format  oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 x 8 3/4 in. (33 x 22.2 cm)

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