Hiroshige: Towboats Along the Yotsugi-dôri Canal (Totsugi-dôri yôsui hikifune)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Towboats Along the Yotsugi-dôri Canal (Totsugi-dôri yôsui hikifune)
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
Passengers relax as their boats are towed by hand along the only towboat canal in Edo, the Yotsugi-dôri Canal. The Canal began as an acqueduct in 1659, but in later centuries it was used by farmers for transport and then to serve passengers. In this first edition state the design is quite dramatic, and strongly appealing to the Japanese taste.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”, plate 33.
Seal: Aratame and the year seal snake (1857)
Signature: Hiroshige ga