Edo prints


Before 23 October 1868 - in a period called the Edo era (1603-1868), referring to the fact that the capital of Japan (Tokyo) was then still called Edo - Japan had isolated itself almost completely from the outside world, thus allowing its culture and art to evolve in a most idiosyncratic fashion. Apart from China and Korea only a very small delegation of people from the Netherlands - relegated to the island of Deshima located in the harbour of Nagasaki - were allowed to trade with Japan at that time.

The prints and illustrated books shown on this page were all originally designed during this time of Japanese history.

Click on any of the images shown below to find out more about these prints and illustrated books: their size, publication date, provenance, enlargements, the English translation of the Japanese texts on each print, et cetera.



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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - A story of love on the veranda
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - A girl collecting chrysanthemum dew by the stream
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Beauty visiting a shrine on a rainy night
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Eight Parlour Views:
Cool mountain gust of the fan
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Eight Parlour Views:
Night rain of the tea rack
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Eight Parlour Views:
Autumn moon in the mirror
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Eight Parlour Views:
Homing geese of the koto bridges
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Eight Parlour Views:
Evening glow of the lamp
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Eight Parlour Views:
Returning sails of the towel rack
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Eight Parlour Views:
Evening bell of the clock
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Eight Parlour Views:
Evening snow
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Ehon Seirō Bijin Awase Ichi
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Ehon Seirō Bijin Awase Ni
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Ehon Seirō Bijin Awase San
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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Ehon Seirō Bijin Awase Shi
Harunobu Gathering lotus flowers-thumbnail
Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Gathering lotus flowers
HarunobuSeiroBijinAwaseEhon5-thumbnail
Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Ehon Seirō Bijin Awase Go
  Harunobu Roko-musume: The wild pink-thumbnail
Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) - Rokō-musume: The wild pink
 
  Kiyonaga (1752-1815)- Evening glow at Ryōgoku thumbnail
Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815)- Evening glow at Ryōgoku bridge
 
Utamaro Woman Reading A Letter thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Ten Physiognomic Classes Of Women (1)
Utamaro Seven women applying make-up using a full-length mirror
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Seven women applying make-up using a full-length mirror
Utamaro Woman Smoking A Pipe thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Ten Physiognomic Classes Of Women (2)
Utamaro Sumida Left thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Enjoying the cool on the banks of the Sumida river (left)
Utamaro Sumida Middle thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Enjoying the cool on the banks of the Sumida river (middle)
Utamaro Sumida Right thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Enjoying the cool on the banks of the Sumida river (right)
Utamaro Sumida Left thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Above and below Ryōgoku bridge (top, left)
Utamaro Sumida Middle thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Above and below Ryōgoku bridge (top, middle)
Utamaro Sumida Right thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Above and below Ryōgoku bridge (top, right)
Utamaro Sumida Left thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Above and below Ryōgoku bridge (bottom, left)
Utamaro Sumida Middle thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Above and below Ryōgoku bridge (bottom, middle)
Utamaro Sumida Right thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Above and below Ryōgoku bridge (bottom, right)
Utamaro Shiki No Hana Jo thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Shiki no hana Jō
Woman threading a needle and girl playing music thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Woman threading a needle and girl playing music
Utamaro Shiki no hana Ge thumbnail
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Shiki no hana Ge
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Large flowers: Tree peony and butterfly
Hokusai Irises and grasshopper
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Large flowers: Irises and grasshopper
Hokusai Bellflower and dragonfly
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Large flowers: Bellflower and dragonfly
Hokusai The Great Wave
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji:
Under the wave off Kanagawa
Hokusai Mount Fuji in clear weather
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji:
Mount Fuji in clear weather
Hokusai Mount Fuji in clear weather
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji:
A sudden gust of wind in Ejiri province
Hokusai Kirifuri waterfall
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Going the rounds of the waterfalls
in all provinces: Kirifuri waterfall at Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province
Hokusai Choshi in Shimosa Province
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - One thousand pictures of the sea:
Chōshi in Shimōsa Province
Hokusai Ono waterfall
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Going the rounds of the waterfalls
in all provinces: Ono waterfall on the Kisokaidō road
Hokusai Poem by Ariwara no Narihira Ason
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - One hundred poems as explained by the nurse: Poem by Ariwara no Narihira Ason
Hokusai Poem by Bunya no Asayasu
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - One hundred poems as explained by the nurse: Poem by Bunya no Asayasu
Hokusai Poem by Bunya no Asayasu
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - One hundred poems as explained by the nurse: Poem by Fujiwara no Michinobu Ason
Hokusai Suspension Bridge between Hida and Etchū Provinces
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Famous bridges in Japan: Suspension Bridge between Hida and Etchū Provinces
  Hokusai Snow At Sumida
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Snow, moon, and flowers: Sumida river
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Ehon Sumida Gawa Ryōgan Ichiran Jō
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Ehon Sumida Gawa Ryōgan Ichiran Chū
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Ehon Sumida Gawa Ryōgan Ichiran Ge
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 1
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 2
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 3
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 4
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 5
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 6
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 7
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 8
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 9
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 10
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 11
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 12
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 13
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 14
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai manga, Volume 15
HokusaiSanteiGafu-thumbnail
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Santei gafu
HokusaiDenshinGakyo-thumbnail
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Denshin gakyō
HokusaiIppitsuGafu-thumbnail
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Ippitsu gafu
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai Shin hinagata
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai gafu, Volume 1
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Hokusai Gaen
HokkeiDochuGafuJo-thumbnail
Totoya Hokkei (17801850) - Dōchu gafu jō
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Totoya Hokkei (17801850) - Comparison of Japanese books: Snake and melons
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Totoya Hokkei (17801850) - Dōchu gafu ge
Hokuju View of Tsukudajima island
Shōtei Hokuju (17631824) - The Eastern capital: View of Tsukudajima island
Toyoharu A view of people enjoying the cool near Eitai bridge, Fukagawa
Utagawa Toyoharu (1735-1814) - A view of people enjoying the evening cool near Eitai bridge, Fukagawa
Hokuju View Of Ryogoku
Shōtei Hokuju (17631824) - The Eastern capital: View Of Ryōgoku
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) -  The whirlpools at Naruto in the province of Awa (left)
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - The whirlpools at Naruto in the province of Awa (middle)
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - The whirlpools at Naruto in the province of Awa (right)
Hiroshige Returning sails at Takanawa
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - The fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō road: Kameyama, weather clearing after snow
Hiroshige Returning sails at Takanawa
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - The fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō road: Shōson, sudden rain
Hiroshige Autumn Moon at Takanawa
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - The fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō road: The Mie river near Yokkaichi
Hiroshige Returning sails at Takanawa
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - Eight Views of Shiba from the Eastern Capital: Returning sails at Takanawa
Hiroshige Seba
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - The sixty-nine stations of the Kisokaidō road: Seba
Hiroshige Autumn Moon at Takanawa
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - Eight Views of the Eastern Capital: Autumn moon at Takanawa
Hiroshige Evening snow at Takanawa
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - The eight snow scenes in the Eastern capital: Evening snow at Takanawa
Hiroshige Sumida river in snow: winter
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - Famous views of Edo in the four seasons: Winter - Sumida river in snow
Hiroshige Moon above a glimpse of both sides of the Sumida river
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - Twelve views of the silver snowscape of the East: Part moon above both sides of the Sumida river
  Kuniyoshi In the snow at Tsukahara
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) - The illustrated abridged biography of the Buddhist priest Nichiren: In the snow at Tsukahara, Sashū
 


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