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Clear Skies after Snow--Ryogoku in Moonlight

Woodblock Print
1843-1847 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is remarkable for its pervasive and almost palpable sense of stillness, and for its more than usually close-up rendering of its female subject. The moonlit scene shows a woman on the west side of the Sumida river just downstream from the Ryogoku Bridge in the Northern Nihonbashi district. Quiet in this winter view, the Ryogoku Bridge was built shortly after the Meireki fire of 1657 to facilitate the development of the area to the east of the Sumida river. The willow tree in the foreground marks the location as the northern end of the Motoyanagi Bridge. The bridge behind the woman across the river to the right spans the entrance to the Tatekawa Canal, the dividing line between the Honjo and Honjo Fukagawa districts.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleThree Views of Snow at Famous Places in the Eastern Capital (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Clear Skies after Snow - Ryogoku in Moonlight', from the series 'Three Views of Snow at Famous Places in the Eastern Capital'; fan print, Japanese, 1843-1847
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Senzaburo. Censor seal: Fu.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
R. Leicester Harmsworth Gift
Place Depicted
Summary
This uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is remarkable for its pervasive and almost palpable sense of stillness, and for its more than usually close-up rendering of its female subject. The moonlit scene shows a woman on the west side of the Sumida river just downstream from the Ryogoku Bridge in the Northern Nihonbashi district. Quiet in this winter view, the Ryogoku Bridge was built shortly after the Meireki fire of 1657 to facilitate the development of the area to the east of the Sumida river. The willow tree in the foreground marks the location as the northern end of the Motoyanagi Bridge. The bridge behind the woman across the river to the right spans the entrance to the Tatekawa Canal, the dividing line between the Honjo and Honjo Fukagawa districts.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2917-1913

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record createdMarch 11, 2003
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