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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
Inscription:

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.

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

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