- Museum number
Object: Nihonbashi yukibare 日本橋雪晴 (Clearing Weather after Snow at Nihonbashi)
Series: Edo meisho mitsu no nagame 江戸名所三つの眺 (Three Views of Famous Places in Edo)
Colour woodblock oban print. View of Nihonbashi crossing canal, Edo Castle in distance (right), Mt. Fuji at left.1 of 2 impressions.
- Production date
- 1840s (early)
Height: 25.30 centimetres
Width: 36.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2001
From a set of three Edo views on the theme of snow (Nihombashi), moon (Ryogoku) and flowers (Goten-yama) (Sakai Gankd, ed., 'Hiroshige: Edofukei hanga tai-shusei', Tokyo, Shogakkan, 1996, nos 583-7). Nihombashi ('Japan Bridge') was at the very heart of the merchant city of Edo, the point to which all distances were measured. From here one could draw a line westwards that would pass directly through Edo castle to Mt Fuji on the horizon. As these two 'senryu' (short comic poems) put it: 'When you draw/A picture of Nihombashi/Draw Fuji too' (1771, 'Nihombashi/E ni kaku toki wa/Fuji o kaki'), and, 'A famous mountain/A famous castle -/The Fine View from Nihombashi' (1833, 'Meizan to/meijo hareru/Nihombashi') (Kasuya Hiroki, ed., 'Senryu dai-jiten', Tokyo, Tokyodo, 1995, p. 582, s.v. 'Nihombashi'). The fish wholesalers were located close by and fresh catches were delivered by a constant stream of long rowing boats of the type seen in the foreground here. The subdued colour-scheme and many shades of grey give an effect that consciously emulates ink painting.
'Ukiyo-e shuka, vol. 11: Daiei Hakubutsukan'. Tokyo, Shogakkan, 1979, no. 181 (commentary by Narazaki Muneshige).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
- Acquisition date
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