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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 15, Yoshiwara, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 7/8 in. x 13 15/16 in. (225.43 mm x 354.01 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.13


Commentary
Same image as 46.1.14, but there are some changes.

Marks
On mat in pencil: Johnson collection XVI set 15 n. 387. On verso in pencil, lower right: Jo XVI 15a.

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

Object Description
Color woodblock print from Hiroshige's Tokaido Road series. Yoshiwara is about 7 miles from Hara. On the Tokaido Road going west to Kyoto, Fuji always is seen on the right. In Yoshiwara, however, at only one place, Fuji can momentarily be seen on the left of the Tokaido Road, where the highway turns sharply to the right. These travelers will soon see Fuji on the right once again, as they return to the road's usual leftward orientation.

The road is lined on both sides with beautiful pine trees. The highways in the Edo period were meant for the comfort of travelers on foot, who needed to be protected from the sun in summer and sheltered from the cold wind in winter. Similar to the composition of "Numazu" (Station 13), the figures and the horse slowly walking with two children on its back are depicted from behind. They are just passing a milestone to the horse's left.

Ref. "Hokusai and Hiroshige," p.177.

Publisher
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.

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