Hiroshige, Utagawa – Sunshower at Nihonbashi – S0618

Hiroshige, Utagawa – Sunshower at Nihonbashi – S0618


In another version of one of Hiroshige’s most effective compositional techniques, the view is from a bridge spanning Edo’s Sumida River to another bridge. This bright, tranquil scene is an interesting contrast to the vigorous human and natural activity in Sudden Shower on the Great Bridge, shown to the right. In this horizontal composition, the bridge at Nihonbashi, the first stage of the route immortalized in his Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, is seen as rain begins to fall. Against the still light sky are glimpsed Edo’s two other great sights, the Shogun’s castle at upper right, and, in the distance, Mount Fuji. As in many of Hiroshige’s compositions, the viewer is brought intimately onto the scene by the cropping of the image of the bridge’s span.(from The Met)

Provenance: From the estate of Arthur R. Errion, M.D., of Salem, Massachusetts. Format Horizontal ôban. Dated Tenpô 3–9. Not examined oustide of frame

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10.1"x15" as viewed in frame





"The Met JP526; MFA Boston 34.288; CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ Sakai, Hiroshige Edo fûkei (1996), list #51.25, pl. 499"


Signed in image