Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), "Ryogoku"
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji|
|Reference No||The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Rogers Fund, 1914|
|Size||14 x 9 -1/4 "|
Notes: The construction of Ryōgoku 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 Shimōsa Province which were prior separated by the Sumida River. It is often said that Edo was a city of rivers and canals, with traveling by boat a common mode of transport for most classes. Hiroshige fittingly composes this scene according to the vertical format paying attention to the city’s multiple layers, from Fuji dominating the skies to the bustle of the bridge. At the forefront of the print, a boat carries a passenger underneath the fronds of a willow tree.