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Title

Dawn in the licensed quarters, from the series One hundred famous views of Edo

1857


Artist

Hiroshige Andô/Utagawa

Japan

1797 - 1858


About

The licensed Yoshiwara pleasure quarters of Edo (Tokyo) bustled at night, but at daybreak it was time for friends and lovers to part. With the sun rising behind them, the figures in this print are framed by the Omon Gate, the Yoshiwara’s single point of entry and exit. The man departing has his head covered for the journey and the tall black clogs (geta) of the woman in red behind him identify her as a high-ranking courtesan. This print is from the renowned artist Hiroshige’s final series, One hundred famous views of Edo (1856–58).


Details


Other Title

Yoshiwara, early morning


Alternative title

Meisho Edo hyakkei: kakuchû shinonome


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1857


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

34.1 x 22.5 cm image; 35.5 x 24.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink, incised on block "Hiroshige ga" [picture by Hiroshige]. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1961


Accession number

DO15.1961


Artist information

Hiroshige Andô/Utagawa

Works in the collection

23


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 7. cat.no. 3.5

Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, 'Pleasure Town', pg. 25-36, Parkes, 1998, 24 (colour illus.), 25, 70. fig.no. 17. In this publication this work is titled 'Kakuchû shinonome [Dawn in the licenced quarters]'.

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. C12