Chikanobu Yoshu, Shogun Observing Fishing on Sumida River, Outer Palace of Chiyoda Castle
Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838-1912)
Title: Shogun observing fishing on Sumida River
Series title: Outer Palace of Chiyoda Castle
Publisher: Fukuda Hatsujiro
Size: (L)24.5 x 35.5 (C)23.5 x 35.5 (R)24.6 x 35.4 cm
Condition: Paper residue on the back, minor stains on the left panel.
'The Outer Palace of Chiyoda' is a companion series to 'The Inner Palace of Chiyoda'. It depicts the life of male members of the royal court and historic scenes from the outside walls of Chiyoda Palace.
During the Edo period it was forbidden to publish images of the ruling Tokugawa family or events connected to the Tokugawa clan. With the Meiji restoration came a relaxation of those laws and the public was finally able to indulge in images that portrayed the old ruling family, their daily life and activities and even historical events related to them.
This print shows one of the ruling shoguns on a grand boat, observing fishing on Sumida River. The boat is richly decorated, with two levels. Nobles of different ranks can be seen accompanying the shogun on this day out of the palace. There is a stark contrast between the flamboyant boat of the ruling shogun and that of the fishermen on the left-hand side who are throwing their bait in the water, depicted with almost monochrome colours. The Edo period saw a strict class system with samurai at the top, followed by peasants, craftsmen and merchants at the bottom.
|Artist Name||Chikanobu Yoshu|
|Title||Shogun observing fishing on Sumida River|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Dimensions||(L)24.5 x 35.5 (C)23.5 x 35.5 (R)24.6 x 35.4 cm|
|Condition Report||Paper residue on the back, minor stains on the left panel.|