Eight Sights in the Environs of Edo


This work is a series of nishiki-e (Japanese multicolored woodblock prints) that depict eight scenic spots around Edo (present-day Tokyo). The series, dating from about 1838, is one of the greatest artistic masterpieces from among the many woodblock prints of Utawaga Hiroshige I (1797–1858). The work consists of: Azuma no mori yau (Night rain at Azuma no mori); Haneda rakugan (Wild geese alighting at Haneda); Gyōtoku kihan (Returning sailboats near Gyōtoku); Sibaura seiran (Mountain vapor at Shibaura); Ikegami banshō (Evening bell at Ikegami); Koganei-bashi sekisho (Evening glow at Koganei-bashi bridge); Tamagawa shūgetsu (Autumn moon over the Tamagawa River); and Asukayama bosetsu (Evening snow at Asukayama). The son of a jōbikeshi dōshin (a fireman officer under the shogunate), Hiroshige was born in Edo, and his original name was Ando Jūemon. He became an artist in the ukiyo-e style, training under Utagawa Toyohiro (1773–1828). Hiroshige’s scenic landscapes are among the best-loved of his many works.

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Sanoya Kihei, Edo


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8 papers : woodcut, color ; 25 × 37 centimeters

Last updated: July 26, 2012