The print Ducks is Goyo Hashiguchi's only nature study. Goyo was a scholar of ukiyo-e, and an avid follower of Utamaro. Though Utamaro was famous for his beauties (bijin-ga) it is thought that Goyo found inspiration from Utamaro’s various duck prints and his famous bird book, Myriad Birds: A Kyoka Competition (Momo chidori kyoka awase, 1790). The color of each duck’s tail indicates a male or a female, a symbol of fidelity. Goyo completed this work during his lifetime. The blocks for Ducks were carved by Shichinosuke Takano and printed by Shozaburo Akimoto.