Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika (小林清親)

Print: Outbreak of Fire Viewed from Hisamatsu-cho
(Hisamatsu-cho kara miru shukka - 久松町ニ而見る出火)

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Dates: created,1881
Dimensions: Overall dimensions

Signed: Kiyochika hitsu (清親筆)
Publisher: Fukuda Kumajirō
Inscription - lower rt. margin:
"Great fire on night of February 11, 1881"
Meiji jūyonnen nigatsu juichinichi yoru taika (明治十四年二月十一日夜大火)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Edo-Tokyo Museum; Harvard Art Museums; Hagi Uragami Museum of Art; British Museum; Chazen Museum of Art; Waseda University; Princeton University Art Museum; Freer/Sackler Galleries - first of three versions; Freer/Sackler Galleries - second of three versions; Freer/Sackler Galleries - third of three versions;

Physical description:

"The situation was different for another fire that broke out just fifteen days later, on the evening of February 11. Kiyochika's sketchbook shows that he made four single-page sketches of this fire (two in color and two in pencil), of which one... became the model for Outbreak of Fire Seen from Hisamatsu-chō... The popularity of this dramatic print is demonstrated by the large number of variant impressions in which it appeared, each with a different coloring to the sky."

Quoted from: Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan by Henry D. Smith II, p. 50.


Illustrated in color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 9, p. 93.


There is another copy of this print in the Adachi Ward Museum (足立 区立郷土博物館所蔵), Tokyo.