1895 Print over 100 years old Gifu After earthquake (also available unframed)


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Antique print dated 1895.

The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a 
gold frame, your choice.  RtW.188.

Entitled – Gifu. After the Earthquake. 

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Gifu. – This is now an important station on the Tokaido Railway, between Nagoya and Maibara.

Gifu is the capital of the prefecture of the same name, which  includes the two provinces of Mino and Hida.

Here is seen the extremely curious method of fishing with the help of cormorants, on the River Nagara.

As regards the desolate scene depicted in our photograph, we feel we cannot do better than quote Mrs. Louise Miln, who rose superior even to the ubiquitous and indispensable “Murray,” and carved out new paths for herself.

Says that amiable and sprightly traveller:

“To-day we are in a Japanese village.  In every door-yard great clumps of gorgeous chrysanthemums echo the glory of the sunset; wonderful tangles of wistaria throw their plum-coloured shadows upon the clean white paper windows and the clean white paper doors of the hundred or more clean little houses.  Painted bowls of blue and white porcelain, heaped with silky rice, stand on the verandas, and lacquered trays of fish stand beside the rice-bowls.  The families – soft-featured, pleasing of face, graceful of gesture, gentle of manner – squat upon the spotless floors to eat their evening meal.  . . . The sun sets, the moon comes up, and the villagers have gone to sleep, resting their elaborately dressed heads upon queer little wooden pillows.  . . . To-morrow we are in the same village, but where is the village ?  It is torn and crushed.  A thrill has passed through he earth at sunrise.  Bits of wood, shreds of paper, wrecks of trees, broken flowers, torn vines, are tangled together in a picturesque but deplorable debris.”

If you buy an item and then see it relisted this is because we occasionally have more than one available, each page is
original and not a photocopy.

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