Hiroshige II's series 'Famous Places in Edo (Edo meisho)' (1859-62)


Introduction

This page attempts to catalog all known prints in Hiroshige II's series 'Edo meisho (江戸 名所 - Famous Places in Edo)'.

It is not clear if the prints shown here are from a single series, or three separate ones; it all depends on exactly how one defines 'series'. Although they all bear the same series name, and were printed very close in time to each other, they were printed by three separate publishers. This by itself might lean towards them being a single series, since it was not uncommon for a number of publishers to co-operate to produce a series. However, the prints produced by each publisher have subtle differences among them (e.g. in title cartouche layout), and all the prints by each publisher have a consistent layout. The series has a fairly generic name, and so on its own not much can be gleaned from that.

The publishers involved (with dates of their prints) are:

Interestingly, none of these publishers are the same as any of the ones from the similarly-titled series 'Famous Places in the Eastern Capital', published at roughly the same time.

The series dates from the start of Hiroshige II's career, when he was in his early thirties. The earliest prints in the 'series' are signed 'Shigenobu', the given to him by his master Hiroshige I. During the period this 'series' was being produced, however, his master Hiroshige I died (in 1858), and after his death Hiroshige II started using the 'Hiroshige'; later prints in the 'series' are signed 'Nisei Hiroshige' ('Second Hiroshige'), and the final ones are signed with a plain 'Hiroshige'.


The Prints

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Prints produced by Yamaguchiya Tōbei (Kinkōdō)

The series title is in the rectangular cartouche in the top right corner; the title of each individual print is in the square cartouche, which is vertically offset slightly below the rectangular cartouche.

Images Date Signature Title (Kanji) Title (Rōmaji) Title (English) Comments
1858/10 Shigenobu 芝 神明 Shiba Shinmei Shiba Shinmei Shrine
1858/10 Shigenobu 品川 汐干狩 Shinagawa shiohigari Hunting for seafood on the shore at the Shina River
1858/10 Shigenobu あすか やま Asuka-yama Asuka Hill
1858/10 Shigenobu 浅草 金龍山 Asakusa Kinryū-zan Kinryū Temple in Asakusa The Sensō Temple in Asakusa, better known by its 'mountain name', Kinryū-zan.
1858/10 Shigenobu 上野 ?? Kōzuke ??
1858/10 Shigenobu 梅やしき Umeyashiki Plum Garden
1858/10 Shigenobu 新 よし原 Shin Yoshiwara New Yoshiwara
1858/11 Shigenobu 御てん やま Goten-yama Goten Hill
1858/11 Ichiyūsai Shigenobu 神田 祭り Kanda matsuri Kanda Festival Parade
1858/11 Shigenobu 湯しま 天神 Yushima Tenjin Tenjin Shrine, Yushima Park Although this particular print is trimmed, another copy includes the publisher and censor seals, which verify the date and publisher.
1858/11 Shigenobu 日本 はし Nihon-bashi Japan Bridge (literal translation)
1858/11 Shigenobu 目黒 不動 Meguro Fudō Black-eyed Fudō (literal translation) Ryūsen Temple in Meguro, commonly known as 'Meguro Fudō', from the black-eyed statue of Fudō-myōō it contains.
ca. 1858 Shigenobu 山王 まつり Sannō matsuri Sannō Festival Parade This print has been trimmed, and the publisher and censor seals are missing, but it has been assigned to this group because of similarities in cartouches, signature, etc.
ca. 1858 Shigenobu 隅田川 まん花 Sumida-gawa manka Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom along the Sumida River This print has been trimmed, and the publisher and censor seals are missing, but it has been assigned to this group because of similarities in cartouches, signature, etc.

Prints produced by Fujiokaya Keijirō (Shoeidō or Shorindō)

The series title is in the rectangular cartouche in the top right corner; the title of each individual print is in the field of the print, in all instances here to the right of the signature.

Images Date Signature Title (Kanji) Title (Rōmaji) Title (English) Comments
1859/2 Nisei Hiroshige 亀戸 梅やしき Kameido Umeyashiki Plum Garden at Kameido There is some doubt about the second word (the data here is from an online source), but it has not yet been checked.
1859/2 Nisei Hiroshige 両国 納涼 Ryōgoku nōryō Enjoying the Evening Cool at Ryōgoku Bridge
1859/2 Nisei Hiroshige 御殿山 花盛 Goten-yama hanazakari Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom at Goten-yama This print has been trimmed, and the publisher seal is missing, but it has been assigned to this group because of similarities in cartouches, signature, etc.

Prints produced by Tsutaya Kichizō (Kōeidō)

The series title is in the rectangular cartouche in the top right corner; the title of each individual print is in the square cartouche, which is vertically offset slightly above the rectangular cartouche.

Images Date Signature Title (Kanji) Title (Rōmaji) Title (English) Comments
1862/6 Hiroshige 御茶之水 Ocha-no-mizu Tea Water Canal This placename is often written with the character for 'no'.
1863/10 吉原 仲之町 Yoshiwara Nakano-chō The Yoshiwara in the Nakano District
1863/10 Hiroshige 外 桜田
(櫻田)
Soto Sakura-da Outside Sakurada
ca. 1862? Hiroshige 梅 やしき Ume yashiki Plum Garden Although no censor seal is present (to give the exact date), the signature indicates a date later than 1859.

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