Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Overall: 8 3/4 x 13 3/4in. (22.2 x 34.9cm)
The Francis Lathrop Collection, Purchase, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Not on view
The journey depicted in the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō begins with Nihonbashi, the "Bridge of Japan" that marks the center of the city of Edo. Hiroshige illustrates the hustle-bustle of the traffic on the bridge. Large fish are delivered from the nearby fish market. Behind the bridge warehouses are lined up along the river. Some of the Japanese characters on the white walls of the buildings correspond to the name of the publisher of this Tōkaidō series, Maruya Seijirō. This print shows the bridge across the composition and includes a panoramic scene of Edo castle and Mount Fuji. By contrast, the Hoeidō print shows a procession approaching the end of the bridge that is viewed frontally at the center of the composition.
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Marking: Marusei (this seal is used on a few prints of this series, but not all).
Francis Lathrop , Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey (until d. 1909). ; Estate of Francis Lathrop , New York (until 1911; sold to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.