Fireworks at Ryogoku

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Utagawa Hiroshige II
1826-1869

Fireworks at Ryogoku, from the series 'Famous Places in the Eastern Capital

Print, woodblock
Donated by Mrs A.P. Mathewson, 1914
Museum number 1914-178-67

A ukiyo-e woodblock print from the Edo period (1615-1868). Ukiyo-e means 'Pictures from the Floating World' and prints from this genre generally depict scenes of everyday life in Japan. They became increasingly popular during the Edo period which saw an increase in artistic and cultural development. Many of the prints from this period depict actors from the Kabuki theatre or images of beautiful women from the Yoshiwara (the brothel quarter). Pictures of flowers and birds (kacho-e) and landscapes were also popular subjects for ukiyo-e artists.

Fireworks at Ryogoku
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