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Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 20, Fuchu

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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 20, Fuchu, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (222.25 mm x 349.25 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Bailey
Accession Number: 54.1.1

Alternate Title: Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi [Hoeidoban]: Fuchu, Abegawa

Same image as 46.1.1

On paper backing in pencil, lower right: Hiroshige, Fuchu Station. On verso: label "Bai II 40" and in ink: duplicate of Johnson Tokaido "Fuchi Station" JO XVII 20 "A Ford". Signed: Hiroshige ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.

Object Description
Color woodblock print from Hiroshige's Tokaido Road series. Fuchu, 6 miles from Ejiri, is located on the bank of the Abe River. It is now included in the large city of Shizuoka prefecture, Fuchu was the most prestigious of Japan's castle towns, where the Sumpu castle of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa bakufu, was located. Later this structure burned down.

Hiroshige depicts three women crossing the Abe River; one is carried in a palanquin by several bearers, and the other on a simpler, ladderlike structure. Still another rides piggyback. They must be traveling as a group - a lady and her two servants. The mountains across the river are dark, which may indicate that the time of day has turned toward evening.

Ref. "Hokusai and Hiroshige," p.183.

Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.

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