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Woodblock print - Eitai Bridge in the Evening Rain
  • Eitai Bridge in the Evening Rain
    Seizaburo, Ibaya
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Eitai Bridge in the Evening Rain

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830-1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Seizaburo, Ibaya (publisher)
    Ando Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks

  • Credit Line:

    Webb Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Object Type
Japanese woodblock prints were commercial productions made for popular consumption. They were made by artists, block cutters and printers working independently to the instructions of specialist publishers. Fan prints like this were mounted on rigid bamboo frames and sold in large numbers during Japan's hot and humid summer. Cityscape and landscape views were very popular in 19th-century Japan. Hiroshige was especially well known for his work in this field.

The Eitai Bridge, depicted here in an evening downpour, spanned the Sumida River in Edo (modern Tokyo) just before it widened into Edo Bay (modern Tokyo Bay). It was completed in 1698 as a link between the central part of the city to the west and the then newly developing area to the east.

This print was published in Edo not long before the establishment of commercial and diplomatic ties between Japan and western nations in the mid to late 1850s. During the second half of the 19th century, large numbers of prints were exported to Europe and the United States. They were avidly sought out by western collectors, artists and designers, and played a major role in the development of 'Japonisme' and then art nouveau.

Physical description

Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Dansendo for Ibaya Senzaburo.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1830-1835 (made)


Seizaburo, Ibaya (publisher)
Ando Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks

Marks and inscriptions

Signed 'Hiroshige ga' ('Drawn by Hiroshige')


Height: 220 mm approx., Width: 290 mm approx.

Object history note

Utagawa Hiroshige (born in Edo (present day Tokyo) 1797, died there in 1858); published by Ibaya Seizaburo

Descriptive line

Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Eitai Bridge in the Evening Rain', from the series 'Famous Places in Edo'; fan print, Japanese, about 1830-1835

Labels and date

British Galleries:

Japanese woodblock prints were avidly collected in the late 19th century. To a Victorian audience they revealed a different world depicted in an entirely new way. The style, composition and subject matter of the prints had a huge influence on artists working in Britain. [27/03/2003]




East Asia Collection

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