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Chiho sokuryo no zu 地方測量之図 (Picture of Land Surveyors)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1925,1016,0.2

  • Title (object)

    • Chiho sokuryo no zu 地方測量之図 (Picture of Land Surveyors)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print, diptych. Regional land-survey, figures with technical instruments going about work, with inscription.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1848 (Third month)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 39.5 centimetres
    • Width: 53.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        地方測量之図
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Chiho sokuryo no zu
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture of Land Surveyors
      • Inscription Comment

        item title
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Comment

        date
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Oju / yowai hachijukyu sai / Manji rojin hitsu
      • Inscription Translation

        Brush of old man Manji, aged eighty-nine years, at special request
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 2017

    The print shows samurai officials surveying land along a coast. Some are measuring with rulers between marker posts, others are using large and small theodolites. The signature tells us that Hokusai is eighty-nine and the text, signed by Umemura Tokubei Shigeyoshi, ‘pupil of Professor Hankei Hasegawa’, is dated third month, 1848. This is thus one of the last known dated single-sheet prints by Hokusai. The text celebrates the achievements of master surveyor
    Hasegawa Zenzaemon II (Hankei, 1810–1887) and his adoptive father, the late Hasegawa Zenzaemon I (1782–1839), a famous mathematician. It also gives instructions for beginners on the basics of surveying. The print was apparently distributed to celebrate the qualification of three new surveyors, from three different fiefs, all pupils of Zenzaemon II. A printed wrapper survives, with the title ‘Picture of surveying’ (Ryōchi no zu).

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  • Bibliography

    • Clark 2017 75 bibliographic details
    • Keyes & Morse 2015 970 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G35/od

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2017 8 July - 13 Aug, London, BM, G35, Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1925

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1925,1016,0.2

Woodblock, diptych. Rural landscape. Seascape. Regional land-survey, figures with special instruments going about work, with inscription. Nishiki-e on paper.

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Woodblock, diptych. Rural landscape. Seascape. Regional land-survey, figures with special instruments going about work, with inscription. Nishiki-e on paper.

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