An image of Dawn in the licensed quarters

Hiroshige Andô/Utagawa

(Japan 1797 – 1858)

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

Other titles:
Yoshiwara, early morning
Location
Not on display
Further information

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).

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868, Ansei era 1854–1860
Year
1857
Media
Print
Medium
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