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Woodblock print - The Sea at Satta in Suruga Province
  • The Sea at Satta in Suruga Province
    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858
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The Sea at Satta in Suruga Province

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (maker)
    Tsutaya Juzaburo (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block print on paper

  • 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. The popularity of landscape prints in 19th-century Japan was a reflection of the growth of travel and the associated demand for depictions of famous beauty spots.

The Satta Pass and the wild sea below it was a well-known location on the Tokaido highway. This main route along the eastern seaboard of Japan connected Edo (modern Tokyo) and Kyoto. The pass was created in 1655 to improve the road at this point. Mount Fuji can be seen rising majestically in the background.

This print was published in Edo just at the time that commercial and diplomatic ties were being established 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.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1858 (made)


Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (maker)
Tsutaya Juzaburo (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Block print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

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


Height: 38 cm unframed, Width: 25.5 cm unframed

Object history note

Utagawa Hiroshige (born in Edo (present day Tokyo) 1797, died there in 1858); published by Tsutaya J–zaburo

Descriptive line

Woodblock print: The Sea at Satta in Suruga Province. Satta Beach, Suruga, from the series 'Thirty six views of Mount Fuji

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]




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