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The Hashiba Crossing

Woodblock Print
1854 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The view of the Hashiba ferry crossing in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is taken from the embankment that marked the western edge of the Mukojima district in north-east Edo. In the centre, across the Sumida river, is the Massaki Shrine, while on the near bank are the thatched roofs of the huts in the immediate vicinity of the crossing. The tall trees that are usually shown surrounding the huts have been dispensed with in this design in order to give prominence to the figures under the blossoming cherry tree in the foreground and to give a clearer view across the river. This is evidence of the license commonly exercised by Hiroshige and other artists in the interests of compositional effect.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleFerry Crossings in Katsushika in the Eastern Capital (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'The Hashiba Crossing', from the series 'Ferry Crossings in Katsushika in the Eastern Capital'; fan print, Japanese, 1854
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Iseya Soemon. Censorship seal: aratame. Date seal: Tiger 2 (1854/2).
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Place Depicted
Summary
The view of the Hashiba ferry crossing in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is taken from the embankment that marked the western edge of the Mukojima district in north-east Edo. In the centre, across the Sumida river, is the Massaki Shrine, while on the near bank are the thatched roofs of the huts in the immediate vicinity of the crossing. The tall trees that are usually shown surrounding the huts have been dispensed with in this design in order to give prominence to the figures under the blossoming cherry tree in the foreground and to give a clearer view across the river. This is evidence of the license commonly exercised by Hiroshige and other artists in the interests of compositional effect.
Collection
Accession Number
E.12074-1886

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record createdMarch 5, 2000
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