Sadahide Utagawa, Court Ladies, Cherry Blossom Viewing


Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Sadahide Utagawa (1807-1873)
Title: Court Ladies Going out for Cherry Blossom Viewing
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
Date: 1843
Size: (R) 25.6 x 36.8 (C) 25.4 x 37.3 (L) 25.4 x 37.1 cm
Condition report: Pinholes and wormholes, light creases.


Utagawa Sadahide was an accomplished woodblock print designer. His real name was Hashimoto, but he also used the art names of Gountei Sadahide and Gyokuransai Sadahide. He was one of the most talented students of Kunisada, best known for his Yokohama-e – images of Westerners stationed in the port of Yokohama. He experimented with a panoramic perspective and bird’s eye- view to depict panoramas of Osaka, Kyoto and Nagasaki. His art was very appreciated by the contemporary and exhibited during the World Exhibition in Paris in 1866 alongside artists like Zeshin Shibata.


Cherry blossom viewing was and still is a favourite pastime for the Japanese. In this print, a group of high-rank ladies is seen walking along the river. They are richly dressed and carry various items they will be using for their cherry blossom picnic. A lady is sitting inside a palanquin while others are carrying umbrellas. Boats can be seen on the river and the cherry trees in bloom are framing the overall joyous image.

Sadahide Utagawa (1807 - 1873)

A prolific but minor woodblock printmaker and illustrator, producing some theatrical prints in the Osaka manner as well as prints of traditional Japanese subjects and, after Yokohama was opened to the West, of contemporary industrial scenes and foreigners. Also made political cartoons and copied many works by earlier artists. His effective and decorative prints show the influence of Western perspective and chiaroscuro.

More Information
Print FormatTriptych
ArtistSadahide Utagawa (1807 - 1873)
SubjectBeauty & Female, Landscapes, Flowers & Botanical
Size(R) 25.6 x 36.8 (C) 25.4 x 37.3 (L) 25.4 x 37.1 cm
publisherIzumiya Ichibei:1770-1886