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Koishikawa yuki no ashita 礫川雪ノ旦 (Morning after a Snowfall at Koishikawa) / Fugaku sanjurokkei 冨嶽三十六景 (Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1927,0613,0.13

  • Title (object)

    • Koishikawa yuki no ashita 礫川雪ノ旦 (Morning after a Snowfall at Koishikawa)

    Title (series)

    • Fugaku sanjurokkei 冨嶽三十六景 (Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock oban print. Morning after heavy fall of snow: Customers gathering at window of restaurant for elegant Fuji-viewing party; waitress bringing in large tray of food; one woman pointing finger towards three birds circling emptied sky; neighbouring roofs and Mt Fuji in distance covered with snow. 1 of 3 impressions. Inscribed, signed and sealed.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1832 (probably 1832 (Keyes and Morse 2015))
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25 centimetres
    • Width: 37.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left, in cartouche
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        冨嶽三十六景 / 礫川 / 雪ノ旦
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Fugaku sanjurokkei / Koishikawa / yuki no ashita
      • Inscription Translation

        Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, Snowy Morning at Koishikawa
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        前北斎為一筆
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu
      • Inscription Translation

        From the brush of Iitsu, the former Hokusai
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom right
      • Inscription Content

        永壽堂
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Eijudo
      • Inscription Comment

        Seal of the publisher in red.
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom right
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kiwame
      • Inscription Comment

        Seal of censorship in red.
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 2001

    On a crisp, clear morning after a heavy fall of snow, customers gather at the window of a restaurant for an elegant Fuji-viewing party, as a waitress brings in a large tray of food. One woman enlivens the otherwise still scene with excited gestures and following her pointing finger we notice three birds circling the emptied sky. Triangular eaves of the neighbouring roofs might be taken for foothills of Fuji in their disguise of snow and the placement of the restaurant building higher than the mountain emphasizes its superior vantage.

    Koishikawa was the name given to a large swathe of Edo to the north and west of the castle, present-day Bunkyo-ku, a relatively hilly part of the city with many samurai residences, temples and shrines. This design may depict the bustling area in front of Denzu-in [Dentsu-in], a prominent temple of the Pure Land sect (UT 1975, no. 24): the view would thus be looking south-west across the Edo River.

    This is an unusual (possibly early) printing of the design which fills the entire sky with pale blue, rather than the more normal un-inked sky between the gradated bands of intense Berlin blue at top and bottom (an impression with the un-inked sky, in inferior condition, is also in the British Museum collection, 1907.3-22.09). Here the dark blue has been wiped so as to climb almost to the summit of Fuji on the right side. The all-blue sky serves to emphasize the whiteness of the snow.

    References:
    'Ukiyo-e taikei, vol. 13: Fugaku sanju-rokkei', Tokyo, Shueisha, 1975 (text by Kobayashi Tadashi), no. 24.
    'Meihin soroimono ukiyo-e, vol. 8: Hokusai I', Tokyo, Gyosei, 1991 (text by Nagata Seiji), no. 11.
    Julia White, 'et al.', 'Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts', Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1998 (commentaries by Yoko Woodson), no. 29.Clark 2017

    After heavy overnight snow, an elegant party has
    assembled in a room with a fine vantage in the crisp
    early morning sunlight over snow-clad roofs and the
    Edo river towards Mt Fuji. One woman seems to point
    to three birds circling in the sky. Koishikawa, north of
    Suidōbashi, was an area of wealthy samurai residences
    and large religious holdings in the 1830s. Hokusai’s
    view is thought to show the bustling neighbourhood in
    front of Denzūin temple.

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  • Bibliography

    • Royal Academy 1981 125 bibliographic details
    • Clark 2001 58 bibliographic details
    • Clark 2017 58 bibliographic details
    • Keyes & Morse 2015 615 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G35/od

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
    2017 8 July - 13 Aug, London, BM, G35, Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1927

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1927,0613,0.13

Colour woodblock oban print. Morning after heavy fall of snow: Customers gathering at window of restaurant for elegant Fuji-viewing party; waitress bringing in large tray of food; one woman pointing finger towards three birds circling emptied sky; neighbouring roofs and Mt Fuji in distance covered with snow. 1 of 3 impressions. Nishiki-e on paper. Inscribed, signed and sealed.

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Colour woodblock oban print. Morning after heavy fall of snow: Customers gathering at window of restaurant for elegant Fuji-viewing party; waitress bringing in large tray of food; one woman pointing finger towards three birds circling emptied sky; neighbouring roofs and Mt Fuji in distance covered with snow. 1 of 3 impressions. Nishiki-e on paper. Inscribed, signed and sealed.

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