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Distant View of Ryogoku from the Ohashi Bridge

Woodblock Print
ca. 1855 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Perhaps due to the predominant use of shades of blue, grey, orange and brown in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige, there is an uncanny calm to its rendering of a busy summer's evening on the waters of the Sumida river south of the Ryogoku Bridge. The view is taken from under the eastern end of the Ohashi Bridge, more properly known as the Shin-Ohashi Bridge, which was completed in 1693 as a link between Edo's Northern Nihonbashi and Honjo Fukagawa districts. The grey outline on the horizon to the north-west is the high ground of the Hongo district. The tall structure visible at the western end of Ryogoku Bridge is an enclosure within which acrobats and other performers entertained the crowds.


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 Ryogoku from the Ohashi Bridge', from the series 'Famous Places in the Eastern Capital'; fan print, Japanese, ca. 1855
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige hitsu. Publisher mark: Kitaya Magobei.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
Webb Bequest
Place Depicted
Summary
Perhaps due to the predominant use of shades of blue, grey, orange and brown in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige, there is an uncanny calm to its rendering of a busy summer's evening on the waters of the Sumida river south of the Ryogoku Bridge. The view is taken from under the eastern end of the Ohashi Bridge, more properly known as the Shin-Ohashi Bridge, which was completed in 1693 as a link between Edo's Northern Nihonbashi and Honjo Fukagawa districts. The grey outline on the horizon to the north-west is the high ground of the Hongo district. The tall structure visible at the western end of Ryogoku Bridge is an enclosure within which acrobats and other performers entertained the crowds.
Collection
Accession Number
E.4922-1919

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record createdMarch 12, 2003
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