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Chiryū, Umaichi from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Chiryū, Umaichi

from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1865

IHL Cat. #524

About This Print

Source: information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
Print number 40 in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road issued in October 1865, depicting, Chiryū the thirty-ninth station along the Tōkaidō.  It is located in the present-day city of Chiryū in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. During the Edo period, it was the westernmost post town in Mikawa Province. Three hundred and thirty kilometers from Nihonbashi, the start of the Tōkaidō, it took approximately 10 days to get there. 

Chiryū-juku was well known as a horse trading town and the artist has pictured horses with their minders in a grassy field.

1 The 58 prints are made up of the 55 views of the 53 stations (includes two alternate states of prints for Minakuchi station and Ishibe station) plus the Nihonbashi starting point print and two Kyoto terminus point prints.

About the Series

See the section titled "The 1865 Series Tōkaidō gojūsan eki (Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō)" under Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)  for details on this series.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #524
 Title or Description  Chiryū, Horsemarket (Chiryū Umaichi 池鯉鮒 馬市 )
 Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (東海道五拾三駅 Tôkaidô gojûsan eki)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
 Signature  Risshō ga
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  1865 (Keiô 1), 10th month
 Publisher  Maruya Tetsujirō
 Impression  good
 Colors  good
 Condition  fair -  thinning top corners where previously mounted and along margin edges; minor fading and soiling
 Genre  ukiyo-e, fûkei-ga
 Format  vertical chûban
 H x W Paper
 9 5/8 x 7 1/4 in. (17.5 x 23.5 cm)

 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.20709