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Pleasure Boat on the Sumida River

Pleasure Boat on the Sumida River



Teisai Hokuba 蹄斎 北馬

(Japanese, 1771-1844)

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Overall: 153.3 x 76.2 cm (60 3/8 x 30 in.); Painting only: 40 x 55.3 cm (15 3/4 x 21 3/4 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.262



Attendants with checkered robes serve refreshment to a client on his way to the Yoshiwara, the storied men's pleasure district of the metropolis of Edo, today's Tokyo. A figure at the fore of the boat tends to the kitchen. A courtesan at the aft surveys the scene along the Sumida River, perhaps contemplating her strategy for the evening's program of entertainment. The gate of Mimeguri Shrine appears along the opposite shore. Acquaintances converse in modest commuter boats, and fishers put in to a tiny island. Ukiyo-e artist Teisai Hokuba placed the boat near the entrance to the San'ya Canal, where pleasure seekers would disembark.

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