Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
View of Kawasaki (Kawasaki no zu: 川崎之図) from the chuban series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi: 東海道五十三次之内)
Signed: ōju Kōchōrō Kunisada (応需香蝶楼国貞)
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - published by Moriya Jihei and Sanoya Kihei
National Diet Library - published by both Moriya Jihei and Sanoya Kihei
Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Hiroshige's version with a ferry - Kawasaki: The Rokugō Ferry (川崎 六郷渡船)
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art - they date their copy to 1836
Honolulu Museum of Art
The Spencer Museum of Art
Hokkaido Museum of Art This is number three in the series. In the Kunisada version the placement of the beauty in the foreground, slightly to the right-hand side, ties together both sides of the river. This is different than Hiroshige variant in which a ferry loaded with six people and the boatman and which dominates the center of his print serves that same function.
In Tokaido Landscapes: The Path from Hiroshige to Contemporary Artists, 2011, #3, p. 15, speaking of the original Hiroshige print it says in a text by Sasaki Moritoshi: "The scene of the crossing of the Tama River on a ferry boat, with the toward Kawasaki from the direction of Shinagawa."
The waters were shallow enough at this point in the journey that there was no need to build a bridge, but deep enough to require the use of a ferry-boat.
In Masterworks of Ukiyo-e: Hiroshige, the 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō by Muneshige Narazaki. 1969, p. 30 it says: "For Edoites, this ferryboat ride marked the point at which they entered a "foreign" land; for those coming down to Edo, it signified the end of their journey."
The tollhouse, seen directly above the head of Kunisada's bijin also appears in the Hiroshige print. Other than that Kunisada has changed any number of other elements originally found in the Hiroshige.
Kawasaki is about 5½ miles south of Shinagawa. If you click on this print and enlarge it, you will notice a man waiting with a horse to board the ferry when it arrives on his side of the river. This is an element that Kunisada kept from Hiroshige's version.
Sanoya Kihei (佐野屋喜兵衛) (publisher)
landscape prints (fūkeiga 風景画) (author)