No.38 "Fujikawa: Scene at Post Outskirts" from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido

Fine Arts The Japanese Prints: Ancient and Modern

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Item No: facjp00052
Title: No.38 "Fujikawa: Scene at Post Outskirts" from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido
Media Type: Woodcuts
Source: Print and Picture Collection

"In the early 1830's, Hiroshige's first landscape prints appeared. He subsequently became the leading landscape artist and was especially known for his series on the Tokaido highway that connected Edo (present day Tokyo) with Kyoto. The earliest and most famous of these, generally known by the name of the publisher as 'Hoeido ban Tokaido' (Tokaido published by Hoeido), was issued from 1832-33. Hiroshige III stated sixty years later that Hiroshige's designs are after sketches he took during a journey to Kyoto, however, most of his designs are undoubtedly inspired from illustrations in guide books like the Tokaido meisho zue ('Gathering of Views of Famouse Sightss alonf the Tokaido;' 1797) and even this alleged journey cannot be verified."

from "Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900", Andreas Marks. Tuttle Publishing. p.132


"The legend on the print indicates that the setting was somewhat outside Fujikawa, which was about seven miles northwest of Akasaka."

from "The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido by Hiroshige", Tokyo, Japan. Heibonsha Ltd., Publishers, 1960. plate 38


note card with print 

Station 38

Fujikawa: Bohana.  Here, on the outskirts of Fujikawa, officials of the station bow low as they welcome the deputation from the shogunate in Edo that is bringing a gift of horses to the Emporer in Kyoto. The presentation occurred annually on the first day of the eigth (lunar) month.


Creation Year: ca. 1833
Image Dimensions Width: 23.4 cm
Call Number: Woodblock Prints - The Fifty-three Stations of the T?kaid? Road
Creator Name: Hiroshige, Utagawa, 1797-1858 - Artist

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