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Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)

Prints in Collection


The series Nihon chishi ryakuzu (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan)
The series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan), 1877
   Aki Province
Selling Toothpicks at Itsukushima and Hiroshima Oyster Farm in Aki Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Selling Toothpicks at Itsukushima and Hiroshima Oyster Farm in Aki Province (crepe print)
IHL Cat. #668
Bingo Province
Mat Making in Bingo Province
IHL Cat. #461


Bizen Province
Slate Pencil Making in Bizen Okayama
IHL Cat. #590


Chishima Province and Hokkaido
Catching Sea Otter in Chishima Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Catching Sea Otter
in Chishima Province

IHL Cat. #1478

Shipping Ice from Hakodate, Hokkaidō from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Shipping Ice
from Hakodate, Hokkaidō

IHL Cat. #1479

Echigo Province
Bleaching Fabric
on the Snow in Echigo Province

IHL Cat. #366 and #1490


Catching Salmon in Echigo Province
IHL Cat. #364 and #1489

Etchu Province
Iron Works in Etchu Province
IHL Cat. #369


Hitachi Province
Silkworm Culture in Hitachi Province
IHL Cat. #589

Hizen Province
Manufacturing Imari Porcelain in Hizen [Province], figure 1 from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Manufacturing Imari Porcelain in Hizen [Province], figure 1
IHLCat. #1499

Manufacturing Imari Porcelain, figure 2 in Hizen [Province] from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Manufacturing Imari Porcelain, figure 2 in Hizen [Province]
IHL Cat.#1494
Hyūga Province
Camphor Manufacture in Hyuga Province
IHL Cat. #542 

Producing Vitriol in Hyūga Province
IHL Cat. #325


Iga Province
Polishing-sand of Iga Province
IHL Cat. #323 and #1428

Coal Mining in Iga Province
IHL Cat. #324 and #1486
 Ise Province  
Abalone Divers in Ise Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Abalone Divers in Ise Province
IHL Cat. #1482

Making Stretched Dried Abalone in Ise Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Making Stretched Dried Abalone in Ise Province 
IHL Cat. #1493

Iwaki Province
Silkworm Culture in Iwaki Province 
IHL Cat. #372


Wild Horse Capture in Iwaki Province
IHL Cat. #368

Iyo Province
Burdock Harvest in Iyo Province
IHL Cat. #326 and #326A


Iyo Province
Capturing Falcons in Iyo Province, figure 1
IHL Cat. #537 and #1508

Crane Hawk [falconry], Figure 2 in Iyo Province Figure 1 from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Crane Hawk [falconry] in Iyo Province figure 2
IHL Cat. #1507
Izu Province
Charcoal Making in Izu Province
IHL Cat. #371


Making Camellia Oil in Izu Province
IHL Cat. #365 



Kaga Province
Bear Hunting for Gall in Kaga Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Bear Hunting for Gall in Kaga Province
IHL Cat. #272 and #1496
  
Sedge Hat Making in Kaga Province
IHL Cat. #462 and #1502

Kii Province
Mandarin Orange Plantation in Kii Province
IHL Cat. #540

Mikawa Province
Harvesting Lacquer in Mikawa Province
IHL Cat. #539


Noto Province
Making Sōmen in Noto Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Making Sōmen in Noto Province
IHL Cat. #1501


Mackerel Fishing at Night in Noto Province
IHL Cat. #363 and #1500

Sanuki Province
White Sugar Production in Sanuki Province
IHL Cat. #541

Making Sanbon Sugar in Sanuki Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Making Sanbon Sugar in Sanuki Province 
IHL Cat. #1470
Shimosa Province
Soy Sauce and Watermelon Field in Shimosa Province
IHL Cat. #362



 Suruga Province
Manufacturing Bamboo Work in Suruga Province
IHL Cat. #373


Papermaking in Suruga Province
IHL Cat. #381
Tajima Province
Making Wicker Trunks in Tajima Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Making Wicker Trunks in Tajima Province
IHL Cat. #1491

Cultivating Wild Silkworms in Tajima Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Cultivating Wild Silkworms in Tajima Province
IHL Cat. #1497
 Tango Province
Catching Yellowtails in Tango Province
IHL Cat. #374 and #1498


Beach Fishing for Yellowtail in Tango Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Beach Fishing for Yellowtail in Tango Province
IHL Cat. #1505

Tosa Province
Fishing for Bonito in Tosa Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Fishing for Bonito in Tosa Province
IHL Cat. #1492


Making Dried Bonito Flakes in Tosa Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Making Dried Bonito Flakes in Tosa Province
IHL Cat. #1509
Wakasa Province
Fishing for Flatfish in Wakasa Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Fishing for Flatfish in Wakasa Province 
IHL Cat. #1485

Making Steamed Flatfish in Wakasa Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Making Steamed Flatfish in Wakasa Province
IHL Cat. #1487
 Yamashiro Province
Picking Uji Tea in Yamashiro Province, figure 1 from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Picking Uji Tea in Yamashiro Province, figure 1
IHL Cat. #1495

Producing Uji Tea in Yamashiro Province, figure 2 from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)
Producing Uji Tea in Yamashiro Province, figure 2
IHL Cat. #1481

Yamato Province
Digging Kudzu [Pueraria] Root from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan) in Yamato Province
Digging Kudzu [Pueraria] Root in Yamato Province
IHL Cat. #1480

Making Arrowroot Powder in Yamato Province
IHL Cat. #367, #367A, #1506





The series Kokon Tokyo meisho (Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present)

Biographical Data

Biography

Utagawa Hiroshige III 三代目 歌川広重 (1842-1894)

Sources: The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing Company, 2005, p. 504; Picturing Westernization and Modernization: A Woodblock Print Collection from Late 19th Century Japan, Izumi Koide, June 16, 2006, a paper delivered at the WORLD LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CONGRESS: 72ND IFLA GENERAL CONFERENCE AND COUNCIL 20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla72/papers/085-Koide-en.pdf and as otherwise footnoted.

Other names used:  Gotō Torakichi 後藤 寅吉, Tokubei 徳兵衛, Torakichi 寅吉, Isshōsai 一笑斎, Shigemasa 重政, Shigetora 重寅, Ichiryūsai 一立斎, Ryūsai 立斎
Family name: Andō Tokubei 安藤 徳兵衛 (安藤徳兵エ)
Note: Hiroshige is also written 重, as is used in most of the artist's signatures.

The son of a shipbuilder in Edo’s Fukagawa district, later adopted by a restaurant owner named Ryotei, he became a student of Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) in his mid-teens.  With his master’s death in 1858 he studied with Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869), who was married to Hiroshige’s daughter, Otatsu.  Reportedly his first work was the illustration of the ninth volume of the ehon (picture book) Edo miyage (Picture-book of Edo Souvenirs, 1864).  With the dissolution of the Hiroshige II’s marriage and Hiroshige II's subsequent return to Yokohama in 1865, Hiroshige III married Otatsu and succeeded to the Hiroshige name. 

While none of the lyricism seen in the work of Hiroshige I is detected in his prints, he created quite interesting prints depicting the new port city of Yokohama and Tokyo with their Western buildings, steam locomotives (such as the triptych Steam Train Along Tokyo’s Takanawa Coastline (Tokyo Takanawa kaigan joki kisha tetsudeo no zu 1871), and exotic foreigners.  It is said that the artist referred to himself as "Meiji" Hiroshige.1  He designed many print series, three of the best known being Famous Views of Tokyo (Tokyo meisho no uchi, 1879), Famous Places in Tōkai: The Revised 53 Stations (Tōkai Meisho Kaisei 53 Eki, 1876) and Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (The Greater Japan Products, 1877).

While Hiroshige III may not have been a great artist, he was a popular artist, ranking among the top five in a 1880 list of ukiyo-e artists, Kokoku shoga mekia ichiran, along with Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900), Ogata Gekkô (1859-1920), Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) and Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915).2

1 The World of the Meiji Print: Impressions of a New Civilization, Julia Meech-Pekarik, Weatherhill, 1986, p. 92.
2
Courage and Silence: A Study of the Life and Color Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: 1839-1952, Roger Start Keyes, 1982, p. 51.

Many Views of Tokyo

"Meiji" Hiroshige, as the artist liked to refer to himself, created at least 10 series for various publishers that presented idealized scenic views of Tokyo.  The various series quite often presented similar views of the same scenic bridges and districts.  As an example see IHL Cat. #484 View of Yanagi Bridge from Asakusa Bridge from the series Famous Places of Tokyo and IHL Cat. #494 Edobashi from the series Tokyo fuka meisho zukushi.

Among the series of scenic views designed by Hiroshige III are True Views of Tokyo; Famous Places of Tokyo (Tokyo meisho zue); Famous Comic Views of Tokyo; Famous Places of Modern Tokyo (Tokyo kaika meisho zue no uchi); Pictures of the Famous Sights of Tokyo; A Collection of True Views of Tokyo; The Pride of Tokyo Series; Collected Pictures of Tokyo; Photographic Eight Views of Tokyo; The Famous Places of Tokyo-The Past and The Present; Pride of Tokyo: Eight Views of Famous Places (Tokyo jiman meisho hakkei); Thirty-six Views of Tokyo Civilization.


The Series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue 大日本物産図会 (Products of Greater Japan), 1877

Consisting of 118 chuban-size prints, this series was one of Hiroshige's most popular, issued by the publisher Ōkura Magobei in August 1877 to coincide with the opening of Japan’s first National Industrial Exposition (Naikoku Kangyō Hakurankai) held in Tokyo’s Ueno Park.

For detailed information on this series, please see the article on this site titled 

Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan), 1877

Artist's Signatures

There is great similarity between the signatures of Hiroshige, Hiroshige II and Hiroshige III with the most confusion arising between the signatures of Hiroshige II and Hiroshige III.  Examples of Hiroshige III's signatures follow.  For information on Hiroshige II's signatures, see Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869).

 
廣重
Hiroshige
 
廣重画
Hiroshige ga

 
廣重筆
Hiroshige hitsu
 
廣重筆
Hiroshige hitsu

 


廣重画
ōju Hiroshige ga

 
 ōju followed by  Hiroshige (重) seal



Collections


British Museum illustrated book registration number: 1973,0723,0.116 (partial set)
Waseda University Library Archives
National Institute of Japanese Literature
Hagi Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum

1 In the series two pictures are devoted to each region, or old “kuni,” except the Iyo region, which has four pictures.



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