Hiroshige III Utagawa, Ryogoku Bridge in Tokyo, Meiji Era


Artist: Hiroshige III Utagawa (1842-1894)
Title: Ryogoku Bridge in Tokyo
Publisher: Kagaya Kichibei
Date: 1875
Size: (L)33.8 x 23.3 (C)34.2 x 23.2 (R)34.2 x 23.4 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

hiroshige III utagawa, ryogoku bridge, landscape, mount fuji
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The construction of the Ryogoku Bridge in 1659 helped to shape the city of Edo. The name of the bridge translates as 'two countries' and referred to the joining of Musashi and Shimosa Province which were prior separated by the Sumida River. It is often said that Edo was a city of rivers and canals, with travelling by boat a common mode of transport for most classes.

The bridge remained a focus for landscape prints even with the Meiji restoration. This design by Hiroshige III captures a bustling day at the bridge in late 19th century, with locals on a stroll and pedlars selling their wares. Though the women themselves are in traditional Japanese dress, men can be seen wearing the more western attire that was gaining popularity in the Meiji era.

Hiroshige III Utagawa

Born Goto Torakichi, Hiroshige III was an ukiyo-e artist, originally given the artistic name Shigemasa. His woodblock prints were in the same artistic style as his master, Hiroshige I, but was less commercially successful. In 1867, after Hiroshige II, a fellow pupil of the original Hiroshige, divorced the master's daughter Otatsu, Goto married her and initially took on the name Hiroshige II as well, but by 1869 he began calling himself Hiroshige III.

More Information
Print FormatTriptych
ArtistHiroshige III Utagawa
SubjectMale & Female, Landscapes
Dimensions(L)33.8 x 23.3 (C)34.2 x 23.2 (R)34.2 x 23.4 cm
Condition ReportTrimmed, light wear and soiling, partly misprinted.
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