- Museum number
Object: No 16 Yoshiwara, hidari Fuji 吉原左富士 (Yoshiwara: Fuji on the Left)
Series: Tokaido gojusan-tsugi no uchi 東海道五拾三次之内 (Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Highway)
Colour woodblock oban print. Travellers on tree-lined zigzag road through rice-fields: Horse with special saddle carrying two adults and child raised up at back; red-brown Mt Fuji in distance. 1 of 3 impressions. Inscribed, signed and sealed.
- Production date
Height: 24.40 centimetres
Width: 36.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2001
Between Hara and Yoshiwara, when travelling westwards, near a spot known as Naka-Yoshiwara, the road zigzagged so that for a short while Mt Fuji appeared to the traveller's left. The painting by Tetsugai (cat. 18) gives an imagined bird's-eye view of this place from high in the sky, in the manner of the illustrated gazetteers ('meisho zue'). Hiroshige's print, however, takes the viewpoint right down to road level, so as to follow behind the horse with its special saddle that carries two adults, and a child raised up at the back. The trees may not be drawn exactly to scale but the way they and the travellers further up the road duly diminish in size draws the viewer into the monotonous landscape - nothing but rice-fields on either side - the only distraction being glimpses of Mt Fuji between the trees, as it catches the pre-dawn sun and looms red-brown. This is clearly what the child has noticed. The horse swishes its tail and clops forward ponderously in its straw sandals.
The yellow haze on the horizon is more strongly printed in some other impressions, or may have faded here.
'Ukiyo-e taikei, vol. 14: Tokaido gojusan-tsugi no uchi'. Tokyo, Shueisha, 1975, no. 15.
'Meihin soroimono ukiyo-e'. vol. 11, Tokyo, Gyosei, 1991, no. 15.
White, Julia, et al. 'Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts'. San Francisco, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1998, no. 119.
Binyon, Laurence. 'A Catalogue of Japanese and Chinese Woodcuts in the British Museum'. London, British Museum, 1916, [Hiroshige] no. 34.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: B34