Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige),
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 15, Yoshiwara,
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 13 7/8 in. (227.01 mm x 352.43 mm)
Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
On verso in pencil, lower right: Jo XVI 15-2. On mat in pencil: Yoshiwara Station 15, Mt. Fuji. Censor's seal: Kiwame.
Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.
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.
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.
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