• Falcon on Pine at Sunrise (松に鷹日の出)
Falcon on Pine at Sunrise (松に鷹日の出)
Falcon on Pine at Sunrise (松に鷹日の出)

Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重) (artist 1797 – 1858)

Falcon on Pine at Sunrise (松に鷹日の出)


Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Hiroshige hitsu (広重筆)
Artist's seal in red: Ichiryūsai
Publisher: Maruya Jinpachi
(Marks 294 - seal 20-009)
Date seal: 9/1853
Censor seals: Hama and Magome
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Musée d’art et d’histoire, Ville de Genève
Honolulu Museum of Art

Sebastian Izzard in Hiroshige: an exhibition of selected prints and illustrated books on page 26: "The image of a hawk on a pine branch, with the New Year sun rising behind was a traditional subject of the Kanō school, symbolizing the New Year."


This format is referred to as a nagaōban (長大判) or kakemono (掛け物). The bird is ruffling its feathers in the morning light. The rising sun, the falcon and the pine tree are all good signs and combined they form a triple whammy.


The copy of this print in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was bought by the Spaulding brothers from Frank Lloyd Wright in 1913.


The Hiroshige goshawk print in the Chazen Museum was published a year earlier by Sanoya Kihei.


Illustrated in color in Hiroshige: the Master of Nature by Gian Carlo Calza, Skira, 2009, p. 52.

Maruya Jinpachi (丸屋甚八) (publisher)
kachō-e (bird and flower picture - 花鳥絵) (genre)