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Night View of Ginza Dorii

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Night View of Ginza Dorii

from the series

True Pictures of Famous Places of Tokyo

by Inoue Yasuji, c. 1884-1889

IHL Cat. #588

About This Print

A night view of Ginza street in the 1880s with brightly illuminated windows and gas lights.  People line the street and a horse drawn trolley and several carriages are pictured.  Numerous editions of this print exist (some using recarved blocks) with varying color schemes.  It is unknown whether this collection's print is an early or later edition.  It is likely not a first edition and I can find no other examples using this color scheme.  (See below impressions from various collections for comparisons.)

Other Printings and Editions


 
Chuo City Library 001701047

 Tokyo Metropolitan Library 035-051-008
(likely first or early edition)

 
Artelino website (likely later reprint)
 
Tokyo Gas Museum


About The Series Tokyo Shinga Meisho Zukai

There are at least 126 (and possibly 134) prints in this series believed to have originally been published between 1884 and 1889.1  All of the prints are in the small yotsugiri format (5 x 7 in.) A bound book containing 35 of this series' prints can be found in the Waseda University Library collection at http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/html/chi05/chi05_03859/index.html including the below diptych print of the racetrack in Ueno Park.



1 The Tokyo Digital Museum shows 126 images from this series which are in the collection of the Tokyo Gas Museum.  See http://digitalmuseum.rekibun.or.jp/app/collection/list?sr=%90%7D%89%F0&start=0.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #588
 Title or Description  Night View of Ginza Dorii 銀座通夜景
 Series "Tokyo Shinga Meisho Zukai" [東京真画名所図解 Real (True) Pictures of Famous Places of Tokyo]
 Artist  Inoue Yasuji (1864-1889)
 Signature  not signed
 Seal  not sealed
 Publication Date  c. 1884-1889
 Publisher  originally Fukoda Kumajirō 福田 熊次郎  (The publisher for this edition of the print may or may not be Fukoda)
 Impression  good
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  poor - trimmed to image (title would normally appear in center of bottom margin); rubbed
 Genre  ukiyo-e; meisho-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format  yotsugiri
 H x W Paper
 3 7/8 x 6 1/4 in. (9.8 x 15.9 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 Tokyo Gas Museum Yasuji-016 (variant edition); Edo Tokyo Museum 85200752 (variant edition); Tokyo Metropolitan Library 035-051-008 (variant edition); Chuo City Library 001701047 (variant edition)

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