Photographic Eight Views of Tokyo

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige III 歌川広重三世 (1843-1894)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1878
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W: 25.5 x 37.3 cm (10 1/16 x 14 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

city, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), WWII-era provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury


Four prints marked for cutting provide postcard-like images of scenes in Tokyo. The complete set of eight scenes is printed on two standard-size (oban) sheets of paper.  At the upper right is the Mitsui Bank at Surugacho. To its left is Nihonbashi.  Below at left is Shinbashi station, terminus of the Tokyo-Yokohama line linking Tokyo to its port. To its right is the wide river at Ryogoku Bridge, a major site of entertainment during the Edo period (1615-1868). The print, by Hiroshige III, represents a modern version of the theme of "Eight Views..." which began from Chinese poetry and paintings of the scenic region around the Xiao and Xiang Rivers.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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