Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). <em>Nihonbashi Bridge and Edobashi Bridge (Nihonbashi to Edobashi), No. 43 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo</em>, 12th month of 1857. Woodblock print, 14 1/4 x 9 1/4in. (36.2 x 23.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.43 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.1478.43_PS1.jpg)

Nihonbashi Bridge and Edobashi Bridge (Nihonbashi to Edobashi), No. 43 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Artist:Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)

Medium: Woodblock print

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Dates:12th month of 1857

Dimensions: 14 1/4 x 9 1/4in. (36.2 x 23.5cm) Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (36.2 x 23.5 cm) Image: 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (33.9 x 22.2 cm)

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Accession Number: 30.1478.43

Image: 30.1478.43_PS1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The first of the thirty prints assigned to the "Summer" series with a view of the Nihonbashi Bridge at the center of downtown Edo. The composition is wholly innovative: the viewer is situated only about four feet above the surface of the bridge, its dramatic form in the foreground set against a distant landscape. On the left, there is a metal finial on the post; such ornaments were reserved for bridges of distinction (see print 76 of the series). In the lower right there is a bucket containing the famous "first bonito" (hatsugatsuo) that the Edo citizens prized highly. Fishermen competed in the early summer to rush the earliest catch to Edo's market, knowing that they could command very high prices. The appeal for this fish was not so much in its taste but for its rarity. This view faces east toward the rising sun (the meaning of the bridge's name) which is seen as a red arc between the trees above the foot of Edobashi, the bridge in the distance.

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