National Anthropological Archives

MS 7168 Edo Kuwagata Shōshin hitsu

Collection ID:
Kitao, Masayoshi, 1764-1824
Yatai(?) Ryūkō, 1810
Physical Description:
1 Page
38 cm x 56 cm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The map is a pictorial view of Tokyo, including Tokyo Bay and the Sumida River. It includes watercraft, dwellings and other structures, and townspeople.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Keisai (also known as Kuwagata Shōshin) was an ukiyo-e painter, illustrator, and printmaker. When he became official painter to the Lord of Tsuyama in 1797, he developed a new semi-Kanō genre. Kanō refers to the leading school of Japanese painters in semi-Chinese style from the mid 15th century onward. It was also the official art school of the Edo shogunate. Keisai made his name by a panoramic view of Edo, which is considered to be Keisai's most representative work. According to a label on the item, a copy of this pictorial map of Edo was presented to Lord Tokugawa in 1810.

Custodial History
Gift from Mrs. Lispernard Seabury Crocker, 1961. She collected it in Japan in the 1930s. From July 31 to August 5, 1939, the map was in the exhibit entitled "Around the World" in the Historic Warner House, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was transferred from the artifactual collection of the Department of Anthropology to the National Anthropological Archives by Chang-su Houchins in May 1984.

Using the Collection
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Color woodblock print
Manuscript 7168, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 7168
NAA INV 10000036

Translation of Title
Translation of Title
Edo drawn by Kuwagata Shōshin

Local Note
Local Note
Romanization, translations, and other data furnished by Chang-su Houchins, of the Department of Anthropology. Mrs. Houchins consulted E. Papinot, Historical and geographical dictionary of Japan, Ann Arbor, 1948; Hugh Cortazzi, Isles of gold: antique maps of Japn, New York and Tokyo, 1983; Laurance P. Roberts, A dictionary of Japnese artists, Tokyo and New York, 1976.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Language and languages -- Documentation Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maps Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japan -- Tokyo Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japanese Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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