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    This series, one of Hiroshige’s most successful, was issued late in his life, when some of the prints may have been designed by his son-in-law, Hiroshige II; it was followed by the "Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji”. The scene here contrasts with the previous print [EAX.4834]; here the bright sunshine following a night of snow enables on to see Fuji looking far too large for the great distance (some 100 kilometres); this is the geographical centre of Tokyo.

    In: Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Mount Fuji: A Selection of Woodblock Print Views of Mount Fuji, Including Examples from the Series 'The Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji', of 1858-9, by Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2001)

    Nihonbashi is at the centre of downtown Tokyo; just as it was in Hiroshige's time. It was that point from which all distances in Japan were measured, and was the first of the 'Stations' of the Tokaido and the Kisokaido roads, though never counted in the total of fifty-three or sixty-nine respectively.

    In: Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Tokyo: A Selection from the Woodblock-Print Series ‘One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo’ by Ando Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1993)

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Tokyo: A Selection from the Woodblock-Print Series ‘One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo’ by Ando Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1993), no. 1 on p. 9, illus. p. 12 pl. 1

Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Mount Fuji: A Selection of Woodblock Print Views of Mount Fuji, Including Examples from the Series 'The Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji', of 1858-9, by Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2001), no. 16 on p. 13, illus. p. 29 pl. 16

Pollard, Clare, Mitsuko Ito Watanabe, Landscape, Cityscape: Hiroshige Woodblock Prints in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2014), no. 21, illus. p. 89

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