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Distant View of Fireworks at Ryogoku

Woodblock Print
1839 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The fireworks over Ryogoku Bridge depicted in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige were a regular feature at Edo during the hot months of summer. They could be enjoyed from the bridge itself, from pleasure boats and restaurants on and along the banks of the Sumida river, or, as here, from the rooftops of distant houses. The summer season at Ryogoku officially opened on the 28th day of the fifth month with the staging of the kawabiraki or 'Opening the River' ceremony. From then until the early autumn it was thronged by visitors intent on taking in the cool of the evening, a custom known as yusuzumi.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleFamous Places in the Eastern Capital (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Distant View of Fireworks at Ryogoku', from the series 'Famous Places in the Eastern Capital'; fan print, Japanese, 1839
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Artist seal: Ichiryusai. Publisher mark: Ibaya Kyubei. Censorship seal: kiwame. Date seal: Boar (1839).
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
R. Leicester Harmsworth Gift
Place Depicted
Summary
The fireworks over Ryogoku Bridge depicted in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige were a regular feature at Edo during the hot months of summer. They could be enjoyed from the bridge itself, from pleasure boats and restaurants on and along the banks of the Sumida river, or, as here, from the rooftops of distant houses. The summer season at Ryogoku officially opened on the 28th day of the fifth month with the staging of the kawabiraki or 'Opening the River' ceremony. From then until the early autumn it was thronged by visitors intent on taking in the cool of the evening, a custom known as yusuzumi.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2930-1913

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record createdMarch 4, 2003
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