Hiroshige reveled in working in series. One Hundred View of Edo is only the best known of numerous series of Edo that he designed.
Examine any prints that you can find by Hiroshige of your neighborhood starting with Hiroshige’s One Hundred Views of Edo. What does he choose to portray? How does he capture the essential character of the locale? Does he treat the landscape and genre elements in their prints in a similar manner? Does color and line function in the same way in each print? Can you find consistent elements in the prints, or does Hiroshige artist work with a variety of techniques, using only a selection in each image?
For sources of images see on reserve:
Hokusai and Hiroshige (xNE 1325 K3 A4 1998) For the One Hundred Views, see pls. 168-184.
Prints by Utagawa Hiroshige in the James A. Michener Collection (xNE 1325 A5 A4 1992, vols. 1-2. For the One Hundred Views, see pls. IV-32-A B IV-32-O, pp. 102-109.
Smith, Henry. One Hundred Views of Edo (xNE 1325 A5 A4 1986 and 1986b) Note one version is in Japanese, but the English titles are written in pencil on the tops of the prints and are included in the reproductions.
All images necessary to put together your presentation can be found in the Library image database or on line.
After working with Hiroshige’s prints try to find a Meiji period photograph of your neighborhood using the link on the class web page to the National Diet Library database. How is the photographic image different from the print? What do the differences tell you about Hiroshige?