////Utagawa Hiroshige. Water, from the series The Pride of Edo Compared to the Five Elements / Fan print, c. 1844-46.

Utagawa Hiroshige. Water, from the series The Pride of Edo Compared to the Five Elements / Fan print, c. 1844-46.

One of five fan prints from the series The Pride of Edo Compared to the Five Elements [Edo jiman mitate gogyo].

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige [歌川 広重] a.k.a. Andō Hiroshige [安藤 広重] (Japanese, 1797 – 1858).

Publisher: Ibaya Kyubei [伊場屋 久兵衛] (Japanese, fl. 1804 – 1851).

Signed: Hiroshige ga

Censor’s seal: Muramatsu

Publisher’s seal: Kinseido (Ibaya Kyubei)

The text in the fan-shaped cartouche reads: “Water: The Square Aqueduct that Crosses by Suido Bridge Suggests the comparison of Ochanomizu to Water [Mizu: Ochanomizu josui no himasu Suidobashi areba gogyo no uchi mizu ni nazorau]”.

Ref: Rupert Faulkner. Hiroshige Fan Prints. Victoria and Albert Museum. Far Eastern Series. Hardcover – Harry N. Abrams, Inc. – 2001 [LIB-1344.2017] № 22, p. 51.

Comment from Sebastian Izzard: This series of five prints features full-length figures of women set in landscapes around Edo compared to the five natural elements: fire, water, earth, wood, and metal. A preparatory drawing for the “Wood” image, featuring a woman crossing a bridge in the snow at the timber yards of Fukagawa, is owned by the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of History in Yokohama. A preparatory drawing also exists for the “Earth” image, which portrays a woman seated on a bench at Nakabashi, for which no print is extant. Two examples exist of the “Fire” subject, which pictures a woman holding a lantern at night on an embankment, while in the river behind her fishermen employ fire to trap their catch. The “Water” image depicts a woman on a pleasure boat on the Ocha-no-mizu waterway. One example of the “Metal” subject is known, which was included in Izzard’s Important Japanese Prints 1830–1860 March 14–20, 2020 exhibition [LIB-2398.2020], as №. 51.

Metal. Izzard, 2020.

Fire. Faulkner, 2001.

 

SKU: SVJP-0356.2022 Categories: ,

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