Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), "Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo (Suzaki Plain)"
|Title||Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo (Suzaki Plain)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||One Hundred Famous Views of Edo|
|Size||14 -1/4 x 9 -1/4 "|
|Condition||Fine; trimming and slightly faded.|
Notes: This print is one of the three most often cited as favorites in the series, along with Rain at Ohashi (print #58) and Foxfires at Oji (print #118).
This view looking northwest from Fukagawa Susaki, a spit of land along Edo Bay, toward Jūmantsubo, a tract of land named after its approximate area of one hundred thousand tsubo (about eighty acres), is one of the most dramatic designs of the series. Its appeal lies in the contrast between the powerful form of the eagle as it prepares to dive for prey and the desolate wintry marshes below. As in other views devoid of people, there is still a pervasive human presence—in the roofs huddled to the left, in the poles of the lumber-yards beyond, and, above all, in the lone wooden bucket floating at the edge of the bay, surrounded by water birds on which the eagle seems to have its eye.