The Great Fire of the Tenmei Era

Classification
Painting
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Edo Period
Size
Height 29 cm Width 1133.2 cm
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
On the morning of New Year's Eve, 1788 (Tenmei 8), there was a fire in the district of Miyagawa in Kyoto. The fire spread to the Kamo River to the east, Senbon Street to the west, Shichijô Street to the south, and Kuramaguchi Street to the north. It was the first great conflagration since the city had burnt to the ground in the Ônin disturbance. Although this work has been attributed to Maruyama Ôkyo (1722-95), the style is rather closer to that of Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837) of the Kishi school.

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