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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 13/16 in. x 13 7/8 in. (22.38 cm. x 35.24 cm.)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.1


Marks
On mat in pencil: Johnson Collection 46.1.1. On verso in pencil, lower right: Jo20 JO XVII 422 Fuchu. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

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

Object Description
Color woodblock print with an image of workers crossing the Abe river in Fuchu, 6 miles from Ejiri. Fuchu, was is now included in the large city of Shizuoka, was then the most prestigious of Japan's castle towns, and location of the Sumpu castle of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa bakufu.

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 travelling 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.

Publisher
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.

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