(Japan 1797 – 1858)
Dawn in the licensed quarters, from the series One hundred famous views of Edo
- Other titles:
- Yoshiwara, early morning
- 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: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868, Ansei era 1854–1860
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
- 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.
- Purchased 1961
- Accession number