View from Asakusa Bridge to Yanagi Bridge from the series Famous Places in Tokyo

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

View from Asakusa Bridge to  Yanagi Bridge

from the series Famous Places in Tokyo

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, c. 1874


IHL Cat. #484

About This Print


The artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894) designed at least nine different series of prints showing depictions of Tokyo landmarks.  This scene shows Asakusa Bridge in the foreground with a double-decker horse drawn omnibus on the bridge and Yanagi Bridge in the background along the Kanda River. 

The numbers 一五七 (157) are shown in the left margin.  It is not known what these numbers reference.  Other prints in this series do not show any numbers in the left margin.

The Double-Decker Omnibus
Source: Mediating Modernity – Henry Black and Narrated Hybridity in Meiji Japan (a submitted thesis), Ian Douglas McArthur, University of Sydney, 2002, p. 229.
"The first horse-drawn omnibus in Tokyo was operated from 1872 by the entrepreneur Yuri Narimasa along a route between Karminarimon in Asakusa and Shinbashi.  Yuri attracted customers to the omnibus by blowing on a trumpet.  In 1874, he imported from Britain a double-decker omnibus for the same route, but the service was suspended the same year after the omnibus struck and killed a woman at Kotobuki-cho in Asakusa."

A single-level omnibus 1893
National Diet Library
http://www.ndl.go.jp/scenery/e/data/80/index.html



Other Prints by Hiroshige III of the Same Scene


 
Hiroshige III , Japanese, 1843–1894
Asakusa Bridge (Asakusabashi), from the series Detailed Pictures of Tokyo (Tokyo meisai zue), 1874
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
1963.30.5144

Hiroshige III , Japanese, 1843–1894
Yorozuya
(publisher)  
Yanagi Bridge from Asakusa Bridge (Asakusabashi yori Yanagibashi no kei)
, from the series Thirty-six Views of Modern Tokyo (Tokyo kaika sanjurokkei), 1874
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
1963.30.5139


 
Hiroshige III , Japanese, 1843–1894
Shorindo (publisher)

Yanagi Bridge from the Stone Bridge of Asakusa (Asakusa Ishibashi yori Yanagibashi no zu), from the series Famous Places in Tokyo (Tokyo meisho), 1873
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
1963.30.5701abc


 
Hiroshige III , Japanese, 1843–1894
An illustration of Tokyo Asakusa Stone Bridge from Kanda River Yanagi Bridge,
c. 1874
東京浅草石橋ヨリ 神田川柳橋之図



Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #484
 Title or Description  View from Asakusa Bridge to Yanagi Bridge
 浅草橋より柳橋の景 
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Series  Famous Places in Tokyo
 東京名所の内 Tōkyō meisho no uchi
 Signature  Hiroshige ga
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  c. 1874
 Publisher  Yorozuya Magobei 万屋孫兵衛 (no publisher seal appears on print but other prints in the series identify the publisher as Yorozuya Magobei)
 Carver  
 Impression  good
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor wrinkling, some soiling within image; ink smudges in margins from printing process; margins untrimmed
 Genre  nishiki-e; meisho-e
 Miscellaneous    
 Format  oban
 H x W Paper 
 9 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (24.8 x 36.8 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 3/8 x 13 3/8 in. (21.3 x 34 cm)
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latest revision:
3/27/2020
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