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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
 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)
Kobayashi Kiyochika hitsu
 Seal none
 Publication Date c. 1880 (Meiji 13)
 Publisher Fukuda Kumajirō
 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
 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)
 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; Freer-Sackler S2003.8.1147
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