070718. 13/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

July 18, 2007 at 2:17 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Chisel Marks, cumulus clouds, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Light and Shadow, somerset | 4 Comments

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Perhaps you’ve picked up that this photo was lifted from the archives to compare with Hokusai’s “Soshu Enoshima.”

070717. 12/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

July 17, 2007 at 2:15 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Horses, Overcast, people, somerset | 5 Comments

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Below, Hokusai’s “Sumidagawa Sekiya no sato”
I could have fudged my photo a bit to make it match. I had been sitting on it for a while, building up a stockpile of horse photos. I could have covered up the blue van, perhaps added some shadow…. but I’m running out of time.

070630. 11/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

June 30, 2007 at 12:41 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Chisel Marks, Food, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Peephole Views, somerset | 4 Comments

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Hokusai’s Tokaido Yoshida

070619. 10/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

June 19, 2007 at 12:58 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Columns, Doric Order, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Gardens & Parks, Hokusai, Overcast, river, River Avon, Riverboats, Ships, somerset, Towers | 12 Comments

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The “Cleopatra” in front of Bath’s Parade Garden shore and Hokusai’s Bushu Tamagawa. Right in back of the Cleopatra is where the “Roman Great Drain” empties into the Avon. It leads from the Roman Baths to the Parade Gardens, there it was extended during the medieval period. the short section that now empties into the Avon, right where the ground dips down, was built in the 1960s. The Roman brick drain is the oldest working structure in the city, and one of the oldest continuously working structures in the world. The concrete 1960s section of the drain collapsed last year….“no respect for stones.”

070607. 9/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

June 7, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Columns, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Ionic Order, Light and Shadow, people, somerset, Tabernacles, Towers | 6 Comments

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Here’s the West Facade of Bath Abbey through architect Thomas Baldwin’s Pump Room Colonnade (with the Pump Room and the Roman Baths behind) compared with Hokusai’s Bushi Senju.

070515. 8/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

May 15, 2007 at 4:43 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, somerset, Towers | 9 Comments

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The Hidden Splendour of Bath Abbey

The Abbey Church its splendor rears
The sacred monument of former years
Behold its sculpture—and mark while you view it
The pretty little house sticking to it.
The citizens of Bath, with vast delight
To hide their noble Church from vulgar sight.
Surround its walls with chimney pots!
Surely from these designs so pur, so chaste,
Bath has been called the emporium of taste.

–Q. in the Corner, Rough Sketches of Bath and Other Poems (Bath: 1817)

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The view is from the southeast while the poem describes the houses along the north end of the abbey, which were pulled down by Marshall Wade to create Wade’s Passage, an unobstructed view down High Street to the Abbey. Perhaps not, I believe Wade’s Passage was created in the early 18th century. The Japanese print is Hokusai’s “Minobu-gawa ura Fuji.”

070512. 7/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

May 12, 2007 at 4:21 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Foggy & Misty, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Overcast, somerset, Towers, Walcot | 10 Comments

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View of Bath Abbey and Bath looking south from St Stephen’s Church tower in Walcot compared with Hokusai’s Koshu Kajikazawa. The hill covered in the background fog is Lyncombe Hill and Beechen Cliff.

The little white dormers and chimney caps resemble the foamy waves but perhaps this is not the best match. Should I have gotten someone to stand on those trees and fish, or erect a electric/telephone pole and cast out lines down to the city?

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