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Evening Glow at Ryogoku

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

The presence of Mount Fuji in the left-hand corner of this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige indicates that we are looking south-west across the span of the Sumida river. On the far shore, framed between the prow and the roof of the pleasure boat in the foreground, is the Motoyanagi Bridge and the willow tree growing at its northern end. The name of the boat, the Utagawa-maru, that appears on both the plaque and the prow is written with the same characters as the ‘Utagawa’ of Hiroshige’s name. The small characters on the boat in the middle of the river read oatari / mizugashi, meaning 'highly acclaimed / fruit for sale'. The design is one of a complete set of eight prints owned by the V&A. The Hakkei ('Eight Views') formula was a popular one, having its ultimate source in Chinese paintings of the Xiao and Xiang rivers. It was originally used in Japan in the form of poetic and painterly references to eight famous sites around Lake Biwa in south-west Japan’s Omi Province (modern Shiga Prefecture).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleEight Views of Edo (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Evening Glow at Ryogoku', from the series 'Eight Views of Edo'; fan print, Japanese, 1843-1847
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Senzaburo. Censor seal: Yoshimura.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Place Depicted
Summary
The presence of Mount Fuji in the left-hand corner of this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige indicates that we are looking south-west across the span of the Sumida river. On the far shore, framed between the prow and the roof of the pleasure boat in the foreground, is the Motoyanagi Bridge and the willow tree growing at its northern end. The name of the boat, the Utagawa-maru, that appears on both the plaque and the prow is written with the same characters as the ‘Utagawa’ of Hiroshige’s name. The small characters on the boat in the middle of the river read oatari / mizugashi, meaning 'highly acclaimed / fruit for sale'. The design is one of a complete set of eight prints owned by the V&A. The Hakkei ('Eight Views') formula was a popular one, having its ultimate source in Chinese paintings of the Xiao and Xiang rivers. It was originally used in Japan in the form of poetic and painterly references to eight famous sites around Lake Biwa in south-west Japan’s Omi Province (modern Shiga Prefecture).
Collection
Accession Number
E.531-1911

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record createdMarch 11, 2003
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