The series title is in the rectangular cartouche in the top right corner; the title of each individual print is in the fan-shaped cartouche to its left.
The series dates from the middle of Hiroshige II's career, when he was about thirty-five years old. At this point, he was using the name 'Hiroshige', since his master Hiroshige I had died (in 1858), and Hiroshige II had taken over the gō 'Hiroshige'; the prints in this series are signed 'Hiroshige'.
Formalized series of landscape views on eight particular themes of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers, the rivers and wetlands around Lake Donting, developed in Eleventh Century China. The idea was imported to Japan along with much else from Chinese culture; series on this theme appear throughout Japanese woodblocks. The eight themes were descending geese, returning sails, clearing mist, twilight snow, autumn moon, night rain, vesper bells, and evening glow; all eminently suited to evocative landscape images.
|Images||Number||Date||Title (Kanji)||Title (Romaji)||Title (English)||Description|
|#1||1861/11||白髯 落雁||Shirahige (no) rakugan||Descending Geese at Shirahige|
|#2||1861/11||吾妻橋 帰帆||Azuma-bashi (no) kihan||Returning Sails at Azuma Bridge|
|#3||1861/11||関屋 の 里 晴嵐||Sekiya no sato (no) seiran||Clearing Weather at Sekiya Village|
|#4||1861/11||橋場 暮雪||Hashiba (no) bosetsu||Twilight Snow at Hashiba|
|#5||1861/11||真乳山 秋月||Matsuchi-yama (no) shūgetsu||Autumn Moon at Matsuchi Hill|
|#6||1861/11||枕はし夜 雨||Makura-bashi (no) yau / Yanagi-bashi (no) yau||Night Rain at Makura Bridge / Night Rain at Yanagi Bridge||Sources differ on the title|
|#7||1861/11||長命寺 晩渉||Chōmei-ji (no) banshō||Evening Bell at Chōmei Temple||The shō in banshō is normally written with the character 鐘; although since the caption is written in gyōsho, the identification of exactly which character has been used is not entirely certain.|
|#8||1861/11||三囲堤 夕照||Mimeguri-zutsumi (no) sekishō||Sunset Glow at Mimeguri Embankment|
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