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Illustration of [The Emperor’s Carriage] Departing the Imperial Palace [over] Nijūbashi

Kaidan Tsuki no Kasamori
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of [The Emperor’s Carriage] Departing

the Imperial Palace [over] Nijūbashi

by Utagawa Kunimasa IV, 1899

Kabuki-za Sangatsu Kyogen


IHL Cat. #1978

About This Print

A glaring red sky1 heralds the departure of the Emperor and Empress from the Imperial Palace. After the promulgation ceremony of the constitution in the main hall of the Meiji Palace, the Emperor and Empress headed for the military parade at the Aoyama Drill Hall. In the center of the print is Nijūbashi Bridge and in the upper right is the Imperial Palace.

For a view of the ceremony itself see the print Illustration of the Ceremony for the Promulgation of the Constitution of Great Japan.

Numerous print designs were created in the 1890s depicting the royal carriage departing from the Imperial Palace.  Most related to the ceremonies around the promulgation of the new Meiji constitution on February 11, 1899 which took effect on November 29 of the same year.  A few examples of these prints are shown below.

Promulgation of the Constitution: The Emperor Leaving the Palace,
憲法発布 皇居御出門之図
Yōshū Chikanobu, March 1, 1899
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2000.277a-c

 
Illustration of the Imperial Carriage,
御鳳輦之図
Utagawa Kunitoshi, February 1899
Metropolitan Museum of Art, JP3230

 
Picture of the Departure of the Phoenix Carriage
鳳輦出門
Yōshū Chikanobu, 1899

 
Imperial Procession through the Streets after the Ceremony of the Promulgation of the Constitution (right sheet), The Phoenix Carriage at the Great Celebration of the Constitution Ceremony (left sheet),
「憲法発布式後 市街御幸之図」(右)
「憲法式 大祭鳳凰御輦之図」(左)
Yōshū Chikanobu, February 6, 1899
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2000.276a-c

Illustration of the Emperor's Carriage Departing the Imperial Palace over Nijubashi for the Promulgation of the Constitution
憲法発布宮城二重橋御出門之図
Yōshū Chikanobu, 1899
Tokyo Metropolitan Library

1 According to Higuchi Hiroshi in the Bakumatsu Meiji Kaikaki no Nishikie Hanga, "these glaring red, blue and purple base colors [all imported aniline dyes] show the growth of the Meiji Era and are truly indicative of the products of this age of growth", or in other words, these bright colors represented modernity and the Meiji government's aggressive drive for modernization.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1978
 Title (Description)  Illustration of [The Emperor’s Carriage] Departing the Imperial Palace [over] Nijūbashi
 宮城御出門貳重橋圖
 Artist  Utagawa Kunimasa IV (1848-1920)
 Signature
香朝楼国貞筆 Kōchōrō Kunisada hitsu
 Seal  
 Publication Date  明治二十二三月 March 1899 (Meiji 23, 3rd month)
 Publisher
Hasegawa Sonikichi 長谷川園吉 [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 101]

Address: 小傳馬町三丁目 十七バンチ 
 1889
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - almost full size; removed from album backing; minor paper damage repaired verso
 Genre  nishiki-e; kaika-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 R: 14 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (36.2 x 23.2 cm) 
 C: 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 24.1 cm) 
 L: 14 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (36.2 x 23.8 cm)
 H x W Image  R: 14 1/16 x 9 1/8 in. (35.7 x 23.2 cm)
 C: 14 x 9 1/2 in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm)
 L: 13 7/8 x 8 15/16 (35.2 x 22.7 cm)
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12/26/2018
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