One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Asuka Hill
(Edo meisho hyakunin bijo: Asukayama)
signed Toyokuni ga within the artist's toshidama cartouche, signed Kunihisa ga (Utagawa Kunihisa II, 1832-1891) within the inset landscape cartouche; with publisher's seal Ya, Fujikei (Fujiokaya Keijiro of Shorindo), censor's seal aratame (examined) and censor's date seal Mi-juichi (year of the snake , 11th month)
oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 10 1/8 in., 37.4 by 25.6 cm
Asuka hill was renowned as a beautiful locale from which to view cherry blossoms, and as such was generally depicted with many of the blooming white trees. The inset landscape of this composition similarly depicts a number of blossoming trees, with a stream of visitors there to enjoy the scene. It was opened in 1737 as Japan's first public park by the Shogun Yoshimune (1684-1751). Smith suggested the park's opening was a ploy to exhaust the political energies of the commoners by encouraging them to embark on the five mile walk to Asuka hill from the city center.
Henry D. Smith II et. al., Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1986, cat. no. 17 (re: Asuka Hill)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession no. 11.15267
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