- Museum number
Object: Sunshu Fuji-gawa watashi-bune no zu 駿州冨士川渡船之圖 (Picture of the Ferry on the Fuji River, Suruga Province)
Series: Honcho meisho 本朝名所 (Famous Places in Japan)
Colour woodblock oban print. Travellers crossing Fuji River in ferryboats; more travellers standing at quay and seated at hut; Mt Fuji in background. Inscribed, signed and sealed.
- Production date
- 1832 (circa)
Height: 25.20 centimetres
Width: 37.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2001
The location is between Yoshiwara and Kambara on the Tokaido, where the highway crossed the Fuji River, south of Mt Fuji. This was very close to the mountain, hence the manner in which it dominates Hiroshige's composition. The Fuji River was the swiftest-flowing river on the Tokaido and travellers were permitted to cross in ferryboats. This is another of the three designs from 'Famous Places in Japan' thought to have been issued in about 1832 (see also cat. 71), just before Hiroshige embarked on what was to become his most famous undertaking, the 'Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Highway' (the so-called 'Hoeido' Tokaido set, cats 73-6). (The other twelve designs of 'Famous Places in Japan' did not follow until about 1837-9.) Although most carefully printed - startling lemon and purple are used in the sky here - in general the series lacks the human interest, the daring compositions or the sense of atmosphere often evoked by the 'Hoeido' Tokaido prints, as a comparison with the compositionally somewhat related, but much more populated, design for 'Hara' from that series demonstrates (MSU, vol. 11, 1991, no. 14).
'Hizo ukiyo-e taikan'. vol. 3, Tokyo, Kodansha, 1988, no. 71 (commentary by Kobayashi Tadashi).
'Meihin soroimono ukiyo-e'. vol. 12, Tokyo, Gyosei, 1992, no. 23 (commentary by Yamaguchi Keisaburo).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
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