Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
View of Fujisawa (Fujisawa no zu: 藤沢図) from the chuban series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi: 東海道五十三次之内)
Signed: ōju Kunisada (応需国貞)
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Diet Library
Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Hiroshige's 'Fujisawa: The Yūgyō-ji Temple' (藤沢 遊行寺 - Fujisawa, Yūgyō-ji)
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art - they date their copy to 1836
Honolulu Museum of Art
The Spencer Museum of Art
Fujisawa Ukiyo-e Museum This is number seven in the series. The curatorial files at the Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna say in the English translation: "The representation differs from Hiroshige's in some details. Kunisada leaves out the daimyō train (daimyō gyōretsu 大名 行列) coming over the bridge at Hiroshige and replaces it (in a slightly different form) for the blind men who are moving towards the torii 鳥 居."
In Tokaido Landscapes: The Path from Hiroshige to Contemporary Artists, 2011, #7, p. 19, speaking of the original Hiroshige print it says in a text by Sasaki Moritoshi: "The subtitle Yugyō-ji (literally, "pilgrimage temple") is a popular name for Shōjōkō-ji, the head temple of he Jishū sect of Buddhism; the temple complex can be seen on the hill in the distance. In the foreground is the torii gate of the shrine to the goddess Benzaiten in Enoshima; the approach to the shrine continues to the right along the river. Four zatō blind men with shaved heads who make their living through performing music or massage) pass by the gate, heading toward Enoshima. A worshipper from Ōyama Afuri Shrine can be seen on the bridge carrying a long wooden sword."
Of course, the Kunisada print differs in several ways from the Hiroshige template: the blind men have disappeared and the fellow carrying the large wooden sword is no long on the bridge, but is seen on the road just to the left of the large, standing bijin.
Muneshige Narazaki in Masterworks of Ukiyo-e: Hiroshige, the 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō (p. 34) noted that in ancient times Fujisawa was called Togamigahara (砥上ヶ原) and was the subject of a number of poems.
In Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts on page 169 it says: "Yugyōji, seen in the grove on the hill, upper right, was a temple established by the priest Donkai (1265-1372) [sic - the actual dates are 1265-1327], fourth abbot after Ippen (1239-1285), who established the Jishū sect in 1325."
Sanoya Kihei (佐野屋喜兵衛) (publisher)
landscape prints (fūkeiga 風景画) (author)