View of Yanagi Bridge from Asakusa Bridge from the series Famous Places of Tokyo

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

View of Yanagi Bridge from Asakusa Bridge

from the series Famous Places of Tokyo

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, c. 1875


IHL Cat. #484

About This Print


The artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894) designed at least nine different series of prints showing similar 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. 

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 hourse-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



Similar Views 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





Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #484
 Title or Description  View of Yanagi Bridge 柳橋の景 from Asakusa 浅 Bridge? (right most characters in cartouche are unread)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Series  Famous Places of Tokyo 東京 名所 の内
 Signature  Hiroshige
 Seal  no artist or publisher seal
 Publication Date  c. 1875 (Meiji 8)
 Publisher  no publisher marks but likely 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  ukiyo-e; fûkeiga
 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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