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#1 Nihon bashi Tōun no kei (Clouds in the East Over Nihon Bridge)
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • #1 Nihon bashi Tōun no kei (Clouds in the East Over Nihon Bridge), 1855–1857, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Gojūsan tsugi meisho zukai (Collected Pictures of the Famous 53 Stations), popularly known as Tate-e Tōkaidō (Vertical Tokaido)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 343 x 227 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 1/2 x 8 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 369 x 248 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/2 x 9 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7261
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Catalogue raisonné

Busy urban landscape with river. Vertical orientation, rectangular image with quarter circles cut out from each corner. Clouds frame composition on top and bottom. Commercial structures in foreground, bottom right with figures working. River in middle ground with two bridges. Boats with figures and goods on river. Figures on bridge. Structures on far side of river. Traditional Japanese structures surrounded by trees in right background. Mt. Fuji visible in left background. Vibrant blue and gray are predominant colors, some yellow and brown.