- Museum number
Object: Hara, Ashitaka-yama Fuji chobo 原あし鷹山不二眺望 (Hara: View of Mt Ashitaka and Fuji)
Series: Gojusan-tsugi meisho zue 五十三次名所圖會 (The Fifty-Three Stations: Illustrations of Famous Places, No. 14)
Colour woodblock oban print. Mt Fuji at Hara: Travellers on road and in front of inns in foreground; large view of Mt Fuji in background; peak of mountain jutting up out of top border of design. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.
- Production date
- 1855 (Seventh month)
Height: 36 centimetres
Width: 24.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2001
Following the runaway success of the 'Hoeido' Tokaido series (cats 73-7), Hiroshige went on to design over twenty more series of views of the fifty-three post-stations along the Eastern Sea Road, in various formats and for various publishers. During the 1850s, perhaps influenced by the large number of vertical hanging scroll paintings he was doing for the Tendo fief (Kobayashi Tadashi, 'The Rediscovery of the "Tendo Hiroshiges'", 'Impressions' 22 (2000), pp. 16-35), Hiroshige switched almost exclusively to the vertical 'oban' format for his important late sets of prints. This so-called 'upright Tokaido' series done for the publisher Tsutaya Kichizo in 1855 has not in the past been critically acclaimed, and it may be significant that an unusually large number of designs in the series rely on the ever-popular, tried and trusted formula of views of Mt Fuji (fifteen of the fifty-five designs in the series include Fuji).
Hara, and the next post-station of Yoshiwara, were considered the best places to get a good 'front view' of the mountain (i.e., from the Pacific side). Here Hiroshige uses the same trick he had employed for the Hara view in the 'Hoeido' series more than twenty years before - that of making the peak of the mountain jut up out of the top border of the design. Certainly Fuji must have loomed particularly large at this point on the highway.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from Department of Oriental Manuscripts (August 1915)
- Registration number