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Maker(s):Utagawa Hiroshige I; Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeidō) (publisher)
Culture:Japanese (1797-1858); Japanese, active c. 1833 - 1850
Title:Shōno hakuu [Driving rain at Shōno], from the series Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi [Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido]
Date Made:c. 1832-1833
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and color on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Sheet/Image: 8 7/16 in x 13 1/2 in; 21.4 cm x 34.3 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Hiroshige ga]; TITLE: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Tōkaidō / gojūsan tsugi / no uchi]; TITLE: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Shōno]; SEAL: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Hakuu]; SEAL: recto, upp. l. (red ink): [Japanese character, Hoeidō Han]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [a wide leaf]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l (black ink): [Japanese character, Sanju / yon].
Accession Number:  MH 1975.5
Credit Line:Gift of Hala Hungerford Brownell (Class of 1915)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Shono is no. 45 in the Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido series in the Hoeido edition. Horizontal view of travelers in straw coats walking on a steep incline in a mountain shower. The rain is depicted with sharp lines and bamboos bend in the background.

weather; landscapes; travel

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