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Maker(s):Utagawa Hiroshige I; Tsutaya Kichizō, publisher
Culture:Japanese (1797–1858); Japanese (active ca. 1820–1890)
Title:Number 20: Fuchū [Nijū fuchū], from the series "The Tōkaidō: Among the Fifty-three Stations" [Tōkaidō gojūsan no uchi], also known as the "Tsutaya-ban Tōkaidō"
Date Made:ca. 1847–1848
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 7 in x 9 7/16 in; 17.8 cm x 24.0 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.383
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

horizontal chūban; fūkeiga; nishiki-e

Label Text:
This print is signed at upper-left "Hiroshige ga" ('drawn by Hiroshige'). Directly above the artist's signature are two "nanushi" seals of the censors Mera Tai-ichirō (left) and Murata Sahei (right). The seal of publisher Tsutaya Kichizō of firm Kōeidō is at lower-left. The colloquial name for this series, the "Tsutaya-ban Tōkaidō," is derived from the publisher. The title of this print and the series to which it belongs are visible at upper-right, with the Tōkaidō and the index number in the red cartouche; the remainders of the two titles — the number of stations and the location — appear against the sky to the left of the cartouche.

This stop on the Tōkaidō, a road that ran along the eastern coast and connected Tokyo with Kyoto, is Fuchū, now in the western part of the greater Tokyo area. The shop is identified as a famous mochi bakery by the hanging sign.

storefronts; figures; times of day; seals; calligraphy; trees; sunset

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