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Maker(s):Utagawa Hiroshige I; Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeidō) (publisher)
Culture:Japanese (1797-1858); Japanese, active c. 1833 - 1850
Title:Hamamatsu fuyugare no zu [Scenes of bleak winter, Hamamatsu], from the series Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi [Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido]
Date Made:1833-1835
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper; embossing
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Mat: 14 in x 18 1/16 in; 35.6 cm x 45.9 cm; Sheet/Image: 8 1/2 in x 13 3/16 in; 21.6 cm x 33.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Hiroshige ga, Japanese character]; SEAL: recto, upp. r. (red ink): [Hoeidō, Japanese character]; TITLE: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi, Japanese character]; TITLE: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Hamamatsu, Japanese character]; SEAL: recto, upp. l. (red ink): [Fuyugare no zu, Japanese character].
Accession Number:  MH 1949.10.Q.RII
Credit Line:Purchase with the Nancy Everett Dwight Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Hamamatsu is no. 30 in the Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido series in the Hoeido edition. A party of travelers warming themselves by a bonfire beside a large tree: a traveler with pipe is looking on, a peasant woman carrying a child on her back. Bare, flat rice-field, across which stand the castle and village of Hamamatsu in the background. In more elaborate impressions, the edge of the billowing smoke is tinted a reddish brown at the base and embossed, as here.

Label Text:
Hiroshige made the Tōkaidō Road between Edo (modern) Tokyo) and Kyōto the subject of his most famous series. The road was maintained to allow the daimyō, the nobles who served the feudal Tokugawa shoguns, to travel easily back and forth from their homes to Edo, where they were forced to live half the year. But as the townspeople of Edo began to travel more, the various stations of the Tōkaidō took on the aspect of tourist destinations, and images of the famous spots were avidly collected.


landscapes; winter; smoke; travel; Ukiyo-e

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