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Woodblock print - View of Nihonbashi in Tokyo

View of Nihonbashi in Tokyo

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa, Kuniteru II (designer)
    Kaga-ya Kichiemon
    Kaga-ya Kichiemon (Publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Paul Shelving

  • Museum number:

    E.99:1to:3-1969

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case EXP []

This woodblock print celebrates the range of vehicles to be seen on the streets of Tokyo in 1870. Many had been introduced from the West and were viewed as symbols of Japan's transformation and modernisation under nthe slogan 'Civilisation and Enlightenment'. Many of the people depicted are wearing Japanese dress, but some of the men have adopted buttoned coats, trousers and hats. Each mode of transport is identified by a red cartouche; they range from the ‘person-powered car’, or rickshaw, in the central foreground, to the ‘double-decker horse-drawn carriage’ to the left.

Physical description

Triptych showing various types of transport by the Nihonbashi bridge in Tokyo

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Utagawa, Kuniteru II (designer)
Kaga-ya Kichiemon
Kaga-ya Kichiemon (Publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed: Oju (by special request) Ichiyosai Kuniteru ga (picture by Ichiyosai Kuniteru)
Oju (by special request) Ichiyosai Kuniteru ga (picture by Ichiyosai Kuniteru)

Dimensions

Height:, Width: 73 cm

Descriptive line

Pap, Japan, prints

Pap, Japan, prints

Pap, Japan, prints

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Transport

Categories

Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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