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The Snow Garden
  • Utagawa Kunisada, artist
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
    Utagawa Hiroshige, artist
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • The Snow Garden, 1854, 12th month, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • (An Eastern Genji)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in matted with .7495 and .7621
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7620

Vertical composition of a man and woman in a snow covered landscape. Man stands in elaborate dress at the center of the composition, woman sits to his left, also elaborately dressed. Edge of house is visible at left, snow covered garden in background to the right. Cartouche, text, and seal at bottom left. Scene takes place at night.