Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重)

Print: Hiratsuka (平塚): Inage Saburō Shigenari (稲毛三郎重成) from the series
Fifty-three Pairings for the Tōkaidō Road (Tōkaidō gojūsan tsui - 東海道五十三対)

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Dates: circa 1845 - 1846,created
Dimensions: 9.625 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Hiroshige ga (広重画)
Publisher: Iseya Ichiemon (Marks 143 - seal 20-005)
Carver: Matsushima Fusajirō
(Horikō Fusajirō, Hori Fusa)

Related links: British Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Waseda University; Hagi Uragami Museum of Art; National Diet Library; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; Google maps - Hiratsuku; Van Gogh Museum;

Physical description:

There are nine prints from this series, Fifty-three Pairings for the Tōkaidō Road (Tōkaidō gojūsan tsui - 東海道五十三対), in the Lyon Collection. See also #s 382, 815, 816, 819, 951, 1022, 1095 and 1269.

Inage Shigenari was a historical figure who died in 1205. He was one of the participants in the Gempei wars and was related to Hatakeyama Shigetada. They both died when attacked by the Hōjō. The most striking element of this print is the dramatic lightning.

Listed in Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.8;

Text: 馬入川は平塚宿の手前にあり 昔は相模川と唱ふ 甲州猿橋より流れて大河也と相伝ふ 建久九年十二月稲毛三郎 相模川に橋供養をいとなむ 右大将頼朝公も行向ひ給ふ 此時水上に悪霊出てくろくも舞下り 雷電霹靂す 頼朝公の乗馬 驚て水中に飛入て忽ち死す 故に馬入川と号(なづく)るよし 俗説に云伝ふ


Illustrated in color in Kunisada's Tōkaidō: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints by Andreas Marks, p. 102, #T78-07.


There is another copy of this print in the collection of the Harn Museum at the University of Florida.