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Nihonbashi no shokei


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tōto Nihonbashi no shōkei

by Utagawa Sadahide, 1863

IHL Cat. #320

About This Print

Sadahide produced many triptychs depicting daimyo processions, including this collection's print above and the two prints below.  The depiction of the cranes in this collection's print and the print on the right below may be reference to the procession of Lord Minamoto Yoritomo, the 12th-century military leader, who is said to have courted Buddhist favor by releasing wild cranes.  The overall scene in this collection's print is similar to the the below print (left) with its image of Mt. Fuji in the background and whitewashed warehouses lining the banks of the Sumida.

Utagawa Sadahide
Toto meisho Nihonbashi gyoretsu zu
(View of a daimyo procession at Nihonbashi, famous views of Edo),
(Catalog 2004.10, No. 58, Harashobo Gallery, Tokyo)
Utagawa Sadahide
Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo's procession to Kyoto
at the founding of the Kamakura Shogunate

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description View of Nihonbashi Bridge in the Eastern Capital
 (Tōto Nihonbashi no shōkei 東都日本橋之勝景)
 Artist  Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1873)
Gountei Sadahide ga 五雲亭貞秀画 on each sheetd
 left panel
center panel
 right panel
 Publication Date 1863 3rd month (aratame seal each sheet as shown above)
Sonoharaya Shōsuke [Marks: seal not pictured; pub. ref. 483]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - wrinkling throughout; backed; paper thinning; several holes, edge damage, soiling
Genre ukiyo-e - Edo era
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (36.8 x 24.8 cm) each sheet
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2009.5011.3a-c Mounted in an album of 55 prints with the hand-written title "The Road to the Capital, Spring 1863" (Bunkyû san haru no miyako michi); Chou Museum 1986-0415-0048