As a relatively young city, Edo found pride in the historical place of its setting. Fuji’s white peak and the verses of poets of centuries past were woven into popular prints just as readily as fast-moving fashions and the novelty of imported linear perspective. At the same time, peace supported a growing culture of travel. Images that celebrated Edo’s bustling landmarks made fitting souvenirs and gazetteers promised vistas of sites beyond its limits. By 1830, imported Prussian blue was added to the printmakers’ palette. As artists exploited its potential, a new print genre developed—landscape—and prints’ horizons expanded.
Japan, c. 1790
CBL J 2538