Ryôgoku Bridge and the Great Riverbank
Date: 1857
Hiroshige himself wrote that Ryôgoku Bridge was “the liveliest place in the Eastern Capital...day and night, the amusements never cease” (Ehon Edo Miyage, vol. I). Here he has focused on the everyday traffic on and above the river, rather than the hustle and bustle of the entertainment centers along the banks. As Henry Smith II notes “...the artist has simply supplied the form, in a balanced Z-shaped composition that emphasizes the role of the bridge as a place of passage rather than a node of pleasure”.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Size: ôban
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Minor repaired wormage in margins.
Inventory Number: HIR428