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Sunrise at Susaki on New Year's Day

Woodblock Print
1856 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The New Year's morning sun in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is shown as a blazing globe of red rising over the spit of land (susaki) at the southern (Shinagawa) end of the Takanawa district in south Edo. A considerable degree of artistic license has been exercised here, for we are looking northwards at a sun that in reality would have risen in the east well off the right-hand margin of the print. Hiroshige clearly wanted to combine the rising sun with a view of the buildings at the northern extremity of the spit. The two-tier gate in the centre is the entrance to the Susaki Shrine, which nestles among the pine trees beyond, while the buildings on either side are restaurants. This is the first of a set of three designs unusual for the way in which the distance between viewer and subject progressively decreases, so that the focus of attention shifts from the overall view of this design to a stylishly clad woman in the third. In this respect it anticipates the sort of experimentation seen in Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, the first design of which appeared a month after this series was published.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleFamous Places of Edo Compared to Sun, Moon and Stars (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Sunrise at Susaki on New Year's Day', from the series 'Famous Places of Edo Compared to Sun, Moon and Stars'; fan print, Japanese, 1856
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Senzaburo. Censorship seal: aratame. Date seal: Dragon 1 (1856/1).
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
R. Leicester Harmsworth Gift
Place Depicted
Summary
The New Year's morning sun in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is shown as a blazing globe of red rising over the spit of land (susaki) at the southern (Shinagawa) end of the Takanawa district in south Edo. A considerable degree of artistic license has been exercised here, for we are looking northwards at a sun that in reality would have risen in the east well off the right-hand margin of the print. Hiroshige clearly wanted to combine the rising sun with a view of the buildings at the northern extremity of the spit. The two-tier gate in the centre is the entrance to the Susaki Shrine, which nestles among the pine trees beyond, while the buildings on either side are restaurants. This is the first of a set of three designs unusual for the way in which the distance between viewer and subject progressively decreases, so that the focus of attention shifts from the overall view of this design to a stylishly clad woman in the third. In this respect it anticipates the sort of experimentation seen in Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, the first design of which appeared a month after this series was published.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2907-1913

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record createdMarch 12, 2003
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