東海道五十三次之内 府中 安部川 Travellers Fording the Abe River at Fuchu
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
9 15/32 x 14 in. (24.1 x 35.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
Fuchu, a capital city of Suruga, was a prosperous city where Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, retired. In this print, three ladies are carried across the Abe River by porters—in a palanquin, in a simple litter, and on the back of a wader.
The character, which can be read take (bamboo), is seen within a circle on the back of the green garment in the figure farthest to the right. It is one of the logos of the publisher of this series, Takenouchi Magobei.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: Hiroshige ga
[ Herman A. E. and Paul C. Jaehne , until 1918; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.