Home‎ > ‎Artists‎ > ‎Unread‎ > ‎

Evacuees in the Suburbs of Tokyo from the Picture Album of the History of the Taishō Great Earthquake

Yoshiwara Park: Army Foot Soldier Private Second Class Mr. Nakamura Fukusaburō from the Picture Album of the History of the Taishō Great Earthquake / Vol. 1

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Evacuees in the Suburbs of Tokyo

from the Picture Album of the History of the Taishō Great Earthquake / Vol. 1

by Unread, 1923


IHL Cat. #1301

About This Print

A poignant scene of young children and their mothers camping on railroad tracks on the outskirts of Tokyo following the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake.  A single solider stands guard as the moon rises.  The quake was so violent that even the railroad tracks were bent by its force.  "One frequently reproduced photograph [see below] shows a mother breastfeeding her infant in a makeshift camp that she has erected on the presumably defunct railway tracks."1

Misreable Conditions of Victims of the Great Kant
ō Earthquake
(Kantō Daishinsai risaisha no awarena jōtai), postcard, 1923. Ishii Toshio Collection.2

This print was part of the folio titled Picture Album of the History of the Taishō Great Earthquake / Vol. 1. It is not known how many prints were included in the album and whether more than one volume was published. The only other print I have seen from this folio is in this collection and titled Yoshiwara Park: Army Foot Soldier Private Second Class Mr. Nakamura Fukusaburō.

What I believe to be the seal of the artist, right side within the image, is unread. There is another seal in the bottom right margin of the print which reads, in seal script, "福". This may be a seal used by the Japan Print Association (Nihon hangakai) which published the album.

1 Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan's Great Earthquake of 1923, Gennifer Weisenfeld, University of California Press, 2012, p. 192/
2 ibid. p. 193, fig. 5.24.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1301
 TitleEvacuees in the Suburbs of Tokyo
東京郊外の避難者 Tokyo Kōgai no hinansha
 Series大正大震史畫譜 第壱集 Taishō Daishinshi gafu / daiisshū
Picture Album of the History of the Taishō Great Earthquake / Vol. 1
 Artist Unread
 Signature/Seal
seal unread, not signed
 Seal

福 (in seal script) [possibly the seal of the publisher]
 Publication Date 1923 (Taishō 12)
 Publisher 日本版畫會 Nihon hangakai [Japan Print Association]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - toning and soiling; full-size sheet
 Genre ukiyo-e 
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 
 10 3/16 x 14 13/16 in. (25.9 x 37.6 cm) 
 H x W Image 8 9/16 x 12 3/8 in. (21.7 x 31.4 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
 
Comments