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Distant View of Eitai Bridge, Mitsumata from the series Famous Views of Tokyo

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Distant View of Eitai Bridge, Mitsumata

from the series Famous Views of Tokyo

by Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1880


IHL Cat. #378

About This Print

A view of Yeitai bashi 永代橋 spanning the Sumida River with Tsukuda Island in the mid-ground and a rickshaw in the foreground. There has been a bridge is this spot since 1698, when it was opened to serve as a link between the central part of Edo (modern Tokyo) to the east and the then newly developing area to the west.  "Mitsumata" references a fork in the Sumida River at its widest point between the main channel and the Hakozaki Canal.

This print is from  a loosely constructed series Famous Views of Tokyo (Tokyo meisho) consisting of 93 prints issued from 1876-1881 by two publishers, Matsuki Heikichi and Fukuda Kumajirô.  For additional information on this series see "Early Woodblock Prints: The Series Famous Views of Tokyo (Tokyo meisho) 1876-1881" on the Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) page.

Eitai (Yeitai) Bridge

West Coast Times (New Zealand) , Issue 1664,
30 January 1871


Eitai Bridge - undated, but pre-1897, photo

 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #378
 Title or Description Distant view of Eitai Bridge, Mitsumata
 Mitsumata Eitaibashi enkei 三ツ又永代橋遠景
 Series Famous Views of Tokyo (Tokyo meisho)
 Artist Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915)
 Signature
Kobayashi Kiyochika hitsu
小林清親筆
 Seal none
 Publication Date
1880 (Meiji 13)
 Publisher
Fukuda Kumajirō 福田熊治良 (福田熊次良)
top: 出版人 福田熊治良 preceded by address 長谷川丁十九バンチ
publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō
bottom: 画工 小林清親 preceded by address 米沢丁一丁目二バンチ
artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
[Marks: pub. ref. 071; seal not shown]
 Edition likely original edition
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair- paper thinning from removal of previous backing; soiling and wrinkling throughout
 Genreukiyo-e; meisho-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 
 8 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (21.6 x 32.7 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 x 12 1/4 in. (20.3 x 31.1 cm)
 Literature 
 
 Collections This Print
 Art Gallery of New South Wales 263.1992; Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida 2005.30.10; Yokohama Museum of Art 85-PRJ-056; Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art S2003.8.1147
last revision:
8/8/2021
3/9/2020
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