Famous Sites of Edo

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (1797-1858)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1797-1858
Color on silk set into larger panels of paper
H x W: 95.8 x 257.4 cm (37 11/16 x 101 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screens (six-panel)

boat, cherry blossom, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, landscape, moon, snow, ukiyo-e, umbrella, winter

To 1903
Bunshichi Kobayashi (circa 1861-1923), Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Yokohama, to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunshichi Kobayashi in 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Screen List, L. 79, pg. 21, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Kobayashi Bunshichi (C.L. Freer source) ca. 1861-1923


The city of Edo (modern Tokyo) had grown by the early nineteenth century to a metropolis with a population of more than one million. The center of commerce and government administration under the Tokugawa shoguns, Edo was visited by many travelers and was the required residence in alternate years for the daimyo, the warrior rulers of provincial domains. The artist Hiroshige is primarily known as a designer of commercially published woodblock prints, the popular art of the Edo period (1615-1868).

He produced many series of prints on the famous sites along the Tokaido, the great highway between Edo and Kyoto, the imperial capital. Later in life, he turned to the famous sites of the city of Edo, a popular subject that culminated in the print series One Hundred Famous Sites of Edo.

In these screens, each panel has a separate painting that is mounted to one panel of the screen with a label identifying the scene.

Published References
  • Elisabeth West FitzHugh. A Pigment Census of Ukiyo-e Paintings in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 11 Washington and Ann Arbor, 1979. pp. 27-38.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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