Hiroshige I, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Takanawa

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige I Ando (1797-1858)
Title: 81. Ushimachi in Takanawa
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: 1857
Dimensions: 23.7 x 37 cm
Condition: Trimmed. Additional bottom margin. Some restored wormholes and tears. Minor stain in the center-left. Residue tape from previous mounting.


Approaching the end of Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, the artist brings the viewer to Ushimachi [lit. Ox Town] on the outskirts of the capital. Originally established to house a large amount of construction workers and labour cattle needed for the new city, Hiroshige jocularly echoes the place name by including a segment of an oxcart up close. Hiroshige's unique low viewpoint broke away from convention, permitting the viewer to see their city anew and bringing nature to the fore. The original vantage point is accented by an echo of crescents from the rainbow, wheel and watermelon rinds, illustrating Hiroshige's poetic treatment of the everyday.

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Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title 81. Ushimachi in Takanawa
Subject Landscapes, Animal & Birds
Dimensions 23.7 x 37 cm
Series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Publisher Uoya Eikichi