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, around the time this print was produced, 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. The proof also leaves the title and Tokuriki's signature off and the gray border around the image is misregistered.

Released Print
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 the released print was included in the portfolio Eight Views of Tokyo (東京八景 Tokyo hakkei)
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Date 1942
 Edition proof print
 Publisher  Uchida Bijutsu Shoten 
 left: うちだ はん Uchida han seal
right: 内田美術書肆版 Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi (appearing in lower   right margin)
 Impression fair
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - printer ink marks scattered through clouds, misregistered border.  Consistent with being a proof print, not offered for sale.
 Genre shin hanga
 Format chūban
 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.
last revision: