“Jūmantsubo Plain at Fukagawa Susaki,” from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei, Fukagawa Susaki Jūmantsubo)
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Oban 14 1/16 x 9 1/2 in. (35.7 x 24.1 cm)
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Not on view
A hawk is diving for prey on the snowy marshes below. Renowned for its size, the marshland depicted here was known as Jūmantsubo after its approximate area of one hundred thousand tsubo (about eighty acres). The awesome figure of the hawk seen from a peculiar angle emphasizes the severity of the snowy weather.
Hiroshige, one of the two leading ukiyo-e landscape artists of the late Edo period (the other being Katsushika Hokusai), was the son of Andō Gen'emon, a low-ranking samurai who held a hereditary position in the Edo fire brigade. Hiroshige's prints are known for their bold, dynamic designs.