Iga Province: Ueno, Nagatagawa from the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan)

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Iga Province: Ueno, Nagatagawa

from the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu

(Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1876


IHL Cat. #552

About This Print


Print number 6 六 in the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan) consisting of at least 78 prints.  The series formed a type of geographical primer of Japan and the prints were sold individually and bound into albums as can be seen in the below book in the collection of the British Museum.

 cover
inside cover
print number 1
Utagawa Hiroshige III
Nihon chishi ryakuzu
Set of 74 half-block sheets, with two quarter-block title pages. Woodblock-printed.
British Museum Registration number:  1973,0723,0.34

This print pictures the village of Ueno 上野 and a bridge over the Nagata River 長田川.  The village was located near Iga Ueno Castle, built around 1570 and known for having the highest stone wall in Japan.  Hiroshige III has been inspired by (or just copied) the below scene from his master Utagawa Hiroshige I's 1853 print Iga Province: Ueno  from the series Famous Places in the Sixty Odd Provinces pictured below.

Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797–1858)
Iga Province: Ueno (Iga, Ueno)
from the series Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces, 1853 

Iga Province (伊賀国, Iga no kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area that is today western Mie Prefecture. Iga bordered on Ise, Ōmi, Yamato, and Yamashiro Provinces.

1 Wikipedia website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iga_Province

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #552
 Title or Description  Iga Province: Ueno Nagatagawa 伊賀国: 上野 長田川
 Series
 Nihon chishi ryakuzu 日本地誌略図 (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan or Topographical Sketches of Japan)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Signature  Hiroshige ga
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  1876 (Meiji 9)
 Publisher  Fujiokaya Keijirō 藤岡屋慶次郎 (family name: Mizuno Keijirō 水野慶次郎) [Marks: pub. ref. 062]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - center fold with reinforcement verso; rubbing and image loss around image border; soiling mainly along margin
 Genre  ukiyo-e, fûkei-ga
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  chuban
 H x W Paper
 6 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (17.5 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (16.2 x 22.5 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 British Museum 1973,0723,0.34; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 06.1754


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