070429. 6/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

April 29, 2007 at 12:14 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, people, Ruins, somerset, Tabernacles, Towers | 3 Comments

Yesterday, I believe I was displayed at the ICIA Arts Gala. (I’m posting early so I don’t really know.)
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Honjo Tatekawa
Above: View of Bath Abbey through the demolished Southgate Shopping Mall, Bath
Below: Hokusai’s “Honjo Tatekawa”

See the rest of this slowly developing series.

061221. 5/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

December 21, 2006 at 3:39 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Christmas, Crowns, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Overcast, people, somerset, Towers | 5 Comments

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Koishikawa yuki no ashita

Originally titled ‘Christmas Delights:’ She later claimed to the officers on the scene that she had no idea her little cocooned babe couldn’t breath…Ho, ho, ho!

061219. 4/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

December 19, 2006 at 9:39 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Christmas, Crowns, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Olive Trees, people, Reflection, somerset, Towers | 2 Comments

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Koshu Misaka suimen

Hello everyone, Hopefully eveyone will have a happy holiday season. I myself am heading to Salisbury and London, and will be away for the next week(s…) but thankfully JC has agreed to post in my absence. I will thank her more properly later but I’m running out the door now. Hope everyone else has a great time.

Cheers!

061104. 3/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

November 4, 2006 at 12:26 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, Cathedrals and churches, doorways, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Sculpture, Ships, Waterfront | 9 Comments

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Noboto-ura

This is probably one of the most popular photo compositions taken (and retaken) in Bath by residents and tourists alike, so without further ado I’ll give you the popular guide’s account:

“[A]long York Street, on the left is Bath City Laundry, 1887-1888, by C. E. Davis, adapted from a dissenting chapel. The ground floor has unfluted Ionic pilasters and above is a fanciful Baroque attic story with pilasters supported on animal head consoles. This returns to form an elliptical-arched ‘bridge’ over York Street, linking with the Queen’s Bath, through which hot water was piped from the spring into the laundry. ” –Michael Forsyth, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 109.

Both the Hokusai prints and the city of Bath were largely created for tourists of different ages. I therefore do not feel guilty in merely quoting a guidebook to explain that Bath’s triumphal-like arch/gate to be in fact a fancy water pipe, exporting the byproduct of Bath’s namesake to a neighboring industry while framing the Abbey.

Hokusai also adds a decorated gate to frame Mt. Fuji while he inhabits his composition with characters interacting with and carrying water.

FYI: Hokusai’s more or less abstract series does not feature any blatant night shots. I suppose he was just stingy with the ink.

061102. 2/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

November 2, 2006 at 1:48 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, cumulus clouds, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Gardens & Parks, Hokusai, river, River Avon, somerset, Tabernacles, Towers, towns, Trees | 6 Comments

OK—onto the realm of abstract theory and the irrelevant: Art History, here I come!

Perhaps some of you have noticed that there have only been a few posts about the true centres of this city: the Roman Baths and the grand Tudor 15-16th Century Abbey. These two city attractions define, create the eyebrow (or skyline), and yes, NAME it.

In terms of the Abbey, photographing this city heart could inadvertently dismiss its importance and insufficiently challenge its vast and monolithic Late Medieval impression it leaves on an otherwise suffocating Georgian city. I won’t say much about the history yet, except that the abbey was begun in 1499 after demolishing the older and much larger Norman cathedral on site.

Construction began in 1499, just a few decades before Henry VIII’s break with Catholicism and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, which means among other things that it was the last large scale Medieval work attempted in England. It also bears the distinction of being one of the finest Tudor structures in the world, even though most of its interior fabric is the result of Victorian restorations. (But what in England isn’t?)

The interiors are breathtaking and I have deliberately failed to post any grand views so as to save them for a DP sweeps week. Nevertheless, I wish to dwell on the exterior of the abbey, which is incredible in itself, and this leads me to the new theme challenge.

Approaching the same subject from different angles is not new, and was brought up in Roger Zelazny’s Hugo Award-winning 1985 novel 24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai. I ran into a review of this book, which is constructed around an abridged set of the famous Japanese prints by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849). Zelazny writes “it struck me that it would be good to take one thing in life and regard it from many viewpoints, as a focus for my being, and perhaps as a penance for alternatives missed.”

My goal in following this approach for the next few months is to intermittently focus on the exteriors of Bath Abbey with the same theme as each print of Hokusai’s series of “Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji” (Fugaku Sanju Rokkei). Everyone is familiar with at least one of these iconic images, even though it confusingly features 46 prints (blame the “new math”)!

Along with posting my image of Bath Abbey’s exterior, I will try and provide an Internet jpeg of the Hokusai print that led me to the captured viewpoint. All the prints are featured here.

Finally, this is the second of the series of 46 (possibly 36 or less if I give up). The first one was posted a while ago and recently refitted with the Hokusai print. Take a look here to get a better idea.

I should make clear that I do not intend to foolishly compare my photos with Hokusai’s prints but instead I am using his prints as a guide to help me find different views of the Abbey exterior that I might have otherwise missed.


About the shot: it was taken from Alexandria Park, direclty south of the city over the Avon in Lyncombe (?). Enjoy.

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Tokaido Hodogaya

060926. Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey, 1/46. My series tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

October 17, 2006 at 10:43 AM | Posted in Angels, Architecture, Bath, Cathedrals and churches, Crowns, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Hot air balloons, kite, Ladders, Olive Trees, Saints, Sculpture, Tabernacles, Trees | 5 Comments

This is Bath Abbey’s west facade. Here angels climb and descend a Jacob’s Ladder to Heaven. There are other symbols on the facade, which all come from Bishop King’s original dream in 1499 when he was inspired to knock down the immense Norman Cathedral and construct on the site of its nave a smaller Tudor Abbey Church.

 

 

 

 

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Apart from the balloon / kite, tabernacle (decorated buttress pinacle) / scaffolding , and Jacob’s Ladder / scaffolding ladder justaposition, look at the shadowed lower left hand corner of the abbey with the carving of the Olive Tree ringed in a crown. Below the top three pagoda tiles and above the crown of the roof pitch, observe that same tree shape!Toto Asakusa honganji

 

 

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