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The Kawaguchi Ferry and Zenkoji Temple, No. 20 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

This scene portrays the northernmost limit of Edo depicted in the series: the Kawaguchi Ferry across the Sumida River, known as the Arakawa River in its upper reaches. The ferry is barely visible to the lower right, with the ferryman sculling a group of passengers to an unseen landing on the far side. Rafts of lumber are being poled upstream, contrary to the normal transport pattern for lumber. Hiroshige was clearly more concerned with the subtle interplay of varied diagonal shapes than with economic geography.

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  • Title: The Kawaguchi Ferry and Zenkoji Temple, No. 20 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
  • Creator: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858)
  • Original Source: Brooklyn Museum collection
  • Medium: Woodblock print on paper
  • Rights: no known copyright restrictions
  • File name: 30.1478.20_PS1.jpg
  • Dimensions: Image: 13 3/8 x 9 in. (34 x 22.9 cm) Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm)
  • Date: 2nd month of 1857
  • Credit line: Gift of Anna Ferris
  • Collection: Asian Art
  • Accession number: 30.1478.20

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