Gathering Shellfish at Low Tide at Fukagawa Susaki from the series Famous Views of Modern Tokyo

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Gathering Shellfish at Low Tide at Fukagawa Susaki from the series Famous Views of Modern Tokyo

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1876

Suruga-chō, Evening scene of Mitsui Bank with Mt Fuji from the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present

IHL Cat. #1169

About This Print


The artist Utagawa Hiroshige III, created a number of series of prints depicting meisho (famous places or famous views) in and around the city of Tokyo/Edo. It is interesting to compare his depiction of this popular past time with his predecessors Utagawa Hiroshige I and Utagawa Hiroshige II, as shown below.

Gathering Shellfish - Other Depictions


 
Utagawa Hiroshige II
Gathering Shellfish at Low Tide at Susaki (Susaki shiohi-gari), from the series Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital (Tôto sanjûrokkei)
, 1862

Utagawa Hiroshige I
Gathering Shellfish at Low Tide at Susaki (Susaki shiohigari), from the series Famous Places in Edo (Kôto meisho), 1832-1834

Utagawa Hiroshige II and Utagawa Kunisada I
Edo ziman sanjurokukyo Suzaki shiohigari, 1864

For another artist's print of shellfish gathering see Shiohi, Women of the Bunka Era from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections by Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908).


Shellfish Gathering - An Annual Event
Source: Website of Edo-Tokyo Library https://www.library.metro.tokyo.jp/Portals/0/edo/tokyo_library/english/modal/index.html?d=145"Shiohigari (Shellfish gathering at low tide) which was one of the beach activities for the people in Edo, could be seen as an annual event in March on the beaches such as Shinagawa, Shibaura, Fukagawa Suzaki. Among all Suzaki was especially crowded with many people as a famous spot for shellfish gathering."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #494
 Title or Description Gathering Shellfish at Low Tide at Fukagawa Susaki 深川洲崎汐干狩
 Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Series Famous Views of Modern Tokyo 京開華名所図絵之内
 Signature Hiroshige ga
 Seal no artist or publisher seal
 Publication Date 1876
 Publisher 熊谷庄七  Kumagai Shōshichi [Note: no publisher seal on this collection's print but other copies of the print carry the publisher seal of Kumagai Shōshichi]
 Carver
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor wrinkling, some soiling within image; ink smudges in margins from printing process; margins untrimmed
 Genre ukiyo-e; fûkeiga
 Miscellaneous   
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/4 x 9 9/16 in. (36.2 x 24.3 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 1/8 x 8 11/16 in. (33.3 x 22.1 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
 Tokyo Digital Museum (Edo-Tokyo Museum) 91220225; Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library K915-108-022-045 
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