Yoroi Ferry at Koami-chō and Yoroi Bridge at Kabuto-chō from the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yoroi Ferry at Koami-chō and

Yoroi Bridge at Koami-chō 

from the series

Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1884

Ōji Paper Company viewed from Asukayama Park from the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present


IHL Cat. #1280

IHL Cat. #1290

About This Print

Both prints are views within Nihonbashi, the most densely populated area of Tokyo.  The top print above (IHL Cat. #1280) provides a past, or old (古), view of the Yoroi Ferry, which carried passengers across the Nihonbashi canal to at Kabuto-chō to Koami-chō, Tokyo’s mercantile quarter of Nihonbashi, an area filled with warehouses stocked with rice, soy, and oil. It is matched with a present, or now (今), view on the bottom sheet (IHL Cat. #1290), depicting the Yoroi Bridge, built in 1873, that replaced the Yoroi Ferry.  In the present view, a gentlemen in modern Western-style dress can be seen. Interestingly, and confusing to me, is how the Yoroi Bridge, built as a Western-style iron bridge is depicted, showing no modern elements of steel construction.

These past and present views were orginally printed together as one oban-size sheet as shown below and later cut apart.  They are two of at least 32 views, contained on 16 uncut oban-size sheets, in the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present.

古今東京名所: よろひのわたし小阿ミ町よろひはし兜甼
Kokon Tokyo meisho: Yoroi no Watashi Koami-chō [top] Yoribashi Kabuto-chō [bottom]

The Series: Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present

A series of at least sixteen uncut oban-size sheets depicting a past or old (古) view on the top sheet, and present or now (今) view, on the bottom sheet, of a particular area of Tokyo. Many of the views are similar to those found in Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei). 


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1280, #1290
 Title or Description  #1280: Yoroi Ferry at Koami-chō
 Yoroi no watashi Koamichō よろひのわたし小阿ミ町
 #1290: Yoroi Bridge at Kabuto-chō
 Yoribashi Kabuto-chō よろひはし兜甼
 Series  Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and The Present (Kokon Tokyo meisho 古今東京名所)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Signature
廣重画 Hiroshige ga  (#1280 left; #1290 right)
 Seal  no seal
 Publication Date
1884 (明治十七; Meiji 17) as printed in the left margin of #1290.
 Publisher

seal of the publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke, as printed in the left margin of #1290 and reading:
 出板人横山丁三丁目二番地辻岡文助
Shuppanjin Yokoyamachō Sanchōme 2-banchi Tsujioka Bunsuke [Marks: pub. ref. 548; seal ref. 25-267]

artist's address and family name, as printed in the left margin of #1289 and reading: 
画工 [gakō] followed by address, followed by 安藤 徳兵衛 [Andō Tokubei] 

 Carver  
 Impression  IHL Cat. #1280 and IHL Cat. #1290 - excellent
 Colors  IHL Cat. #1280 and IHL Cat. #1290 - excellent
 Condition  IHL Cat. #1280: good - light paper wrinkling due to removal from backing
 IHL Cat. #1290: fair - paper wrinkling resulting from removal from backing; vertical separation repaired from verso
 Genre  ukiyo-e; meisho-e
 Miscellaneous
markings in upper right hand corner of each print, indicating whether the view shown is the past , 
or old (古), view or the present, or now (今), view. Each print is also marked with the number , likely indicating that the print is number 7 in the series, although some prints in the series do not carry a number.
 Format  chūban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 
 IHL Cat. #1280: 7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. (18.1 x 23.8 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1290: 7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. (18.1 x 23.8 cm)
 H x W Image
 IHL Cat. #1280: 6 1/2 x 8 11/16 in. (16.5 x 22.1 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1290: 6 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. (16.5 x 21.9 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
 Waseda University Library  文庫10_08624_0007; Postal Museum Japan
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