Suidō Bridge and the Surugadai Quarter, by Utagawa Hiroshige

Suidōbashi Bridge and the Surugadai Quarter

One of the “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

A view from the Hongo plateau overlooking the samurai residences in Surugadai. Suidōbashi Bridge is on the lower right. A huge carp streamer is drawn in the foreground, and two more carp streamers are gradually drawn smaller and smaller at the far right, creating a sense of perspective. Below, the samurai residences celebrating the Boy’s Festival are depicted in a realistic manner as a samurai custom to wish for the healthy growth of boys. The procession of samurai crossing the bridge is imposing, in contrast to the young man carrying a large helmet in the lower right. The fire watchtower, which rises one level higher than the fire watchtower of the samurai residence and above the streamer in the middle of the picture, is the fire extinguishing residence of the shogunate. Mt. Fuji can be seen behind it, and a part of Edo Castle is also depicted on the left. This work symbolizes the recovery from the great earthquake of the Ansei period.

Title: Suidōbashi Bridge and the Surugadai Quarter

Author: Utagawa Hiroshige

Year: 1857

Size: 35.7cm×24.7cm

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