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Maker(s):Shōtei Hokuju; Nishimuraya Yohachi, publisher
Culture:Japanese (1763–1824); Japanese (ca. 1751–1860)
Title:View of Nihonbashi in the Eastern Metropolis ('Tōto nihonbashi fūkei'), from an Untitled Series of Famous Sights in Edo
Date Made:ca. 1820
Type:Print
Materials:polychrome woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 10 1/16 in x 15 1/16 in; 25.6 cm x 38.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.327
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
2005-327.jpg

Description:
uki-e; fūkeiga; horizontal ōban format; nishiki-e

Label Text:
A "perspective print" ('uki-e'), this landscape employs a single-point perspective, a compositional device derived from imported European imagery, especially lithographs. The low-horizon and 'bokashi' gradient effect of the Prussian blue are characteristic of this period and reflect the influence of Hiroshige and Hokusai, Hokuju's teacher. Along both sides of the river are the stores and warehouses of merchants, which function as orthogonal lines of recession. A daimyō (warlord) procession traverses the bridge, beyond which is the Imperial Palace and Mount Fuji. To this day, the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo remains the financial center of the capital.

The title of this print appears at upper-right. To the lower-left of the title is the artist's signature, which reads "Hokuju ga" ('drawn by Hokuju'). The seal of publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi of firm Eijudō, the kanji for "kyū" beneath interlocking sickles, is at lower-middle right, accompanied by the circular kiwame seal of the censor.

Tags:
architecture; boats; bridges; clouds; mountains; people; piers; processions; rivers; sky

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