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Book - Both Banks of the Sumida River in One View
  • Both Banks of the Sumida River in One View
    Katsushika Hokusai, born 1760 - died 1849
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Both Banks of the Sumida River in One View

  • Object:

    Book

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1803 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Katsushika Hokusai, born 1760 - died 1849 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed in colour from wood blocks, on paper. Japanese 4 hole side sewn binding

  • Museum number:

    E.2678-1925

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is perhaps Japan's most famous artist. He is best known for his designs for prints and printed books, although later in life he focussed increasingly on paintings.

In the 1790s and early 1800s, Hokusai was popular with poetry clubs as an illustrator of the printed albums and single-sheet prints they produced to showcase their finest poems. This book is the second of three volumes depicting scenes on the banks of the Sumida River in Edo (now Tokyo), with kyôka poems (literally 'crazy verse'). On this page, city dwellers hurry across a bridge in the rain.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1803 (made)

Artist/maker

Katsushika Hokusai, born 1760 - died 1849 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed in colour from wood blocks, on paper. Japanese 4 hole side sewn binding

Dimensions

Length: 263 mm, Width: 182 mm, Depth: 5 mm

Production Note

Vol. 2 of 3

Subjects depicted

Rain; Bridges (built works)

Categories

Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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