Hiroshige, Utagawa; designer; Japanese artist, 1797-1858
Colour print from woodblocks, with mica (kira) and fabric-printing (nunome-zuri). Ôban. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Publisher: Uoei (Uoya Eikichi). Date seal: Snake 12 (12/1857). Censor’s seal: aratame. 1857.
given; 1913; Riches, Thomas Henry
No. 112 from the series Meisho Edo hyakkei (One hundred famous views of Edo), in the section for Winter. The clump of bamboo on the right was a well-known landmark, screening the mansion of Kato, feudal lord (daimyô) of Minakuchi. It provided the name for Yabu (‘thicket’) Lane, which lies behind the viewer; the view actually faces south into the wider street heading towards the area of Atagoshita, seen in the distance. The red gate leads up the hill to Atago Shrine. The Sakuragawa drainage channel is spanned by a guardhouse. Across the street is the mansion of Hijikata, feudal lord (daimyô) of Komono. The square title cartouche is embossed with the pattern of a textile. An alternative, probably earlier, printing has a different pattern in the cartouche, emulating flakes of gold leaf, and the sky is lighter over the distant trees.
Object Number: P.3581-R
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182512; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2012-05-17)