Hatsune Riding Grounds, Bakurocho from One Hundred Famous Views of EdoUtagawa Hiroshige, Japanese, (1797–1858)
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1954 - )
In downtown Edo, freshly dyed bolts of cloth dry in elegant swathes across the foreground of an open space that had before been a field where the shogun would exercise his horses. A fire watchtower with alarm bell rises high over the residential buildings as a constant reminder of the ever-present threat of fire in the city. The impression of this particular print is crisp and clean, and its condition permits a certain delicacy and grace to prevail throughout the scene. For instance, the graceful branches of the willow trees include tiny specks of green suggesting early spring, a detail that is only seen in early editions of this print such as this.
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