Night Snow over Mt. Atago
Night Snow over Mt. Atago from the series "Eight Views of the Shiba District in the Capital City"
Edo Period (1600-1868)
9 3/4 x 14 1/4 in. (24.8 x 36.2 cm)
(Edo, 1797 - 1858, Edo)
Full Title:Night Snow over Mt. Atago from the series "Eight Views of the Shiba District in the Capital City"
Medium and Support:
Gift of Dr. James B. Austin
Location: Not currently on view
"Night Snow over Mt. Atago" replaces "Night Snow over a River Sky," and the script near the treetops tells us that the scene is of the year-end fair on this Shiba height with its unparalleled view over the bay. In his "Hundred Views of Edo" Hiroshige will turn this view into a dramatic closeup of the owner of a famous teashop atop this hill as he stands impressively against the New Years dawn over the bay. One of the temple buildings is shown here with donated paintings called ema arrayed under its eaves, while the masses of people move among the temporary stalls set up under the snow-covered trees to sell every sort of trinket and food. These same stalls can still be found selling pretty much the same things in the famous "inner shops" (nakamise) of the Asakusa Sensôji temple. A few of Edo's ubiquitous fire watch-towers can be seen sketched in down in the flatlands along the bay where the merchant class lived and worked.