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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Followers of a daimyo are crossing a bridge over a torrent during heavy rainfall, heading towards a village behind trees.

Title: Tsuchiyama – haru no ame (Tsuchiyama – Spring Rain) (Station No 50)

Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (The 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô Road)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: Hôeidô (Takenouchi Magohachi)

Date: 1833-34

Size: Oban, 22,3 x 34,9 cm (picture size)

Very nice precise impression, strong, fresh colours. Margins just a tiny bit trimmed. Lower margin under the picture neatly replaced. Vertical fold as often. A few small wormholes, neatly restored. Nearly not soiled. A dark (printer's?) ink-spot at the river, otherwise very good condition. Stamp of the Hanns Crzellitzer collection on upper right corner. One of only three rainy scenes of this Tôkaidô Road series, very nice composition.

Ukiyo-e Taikei vol. 14, No 50 (Fig.). Izzard, Hiroshige, An exhibition of selected prints and illustrated books. The Ukiyo-e Society of America, New York, 1983, Fig. 19. Strange, The Colour-Prints of Hiroshige, London 1925. Stephen Addiss (Ed.), Tôkaidô. Adventures on the Road in Old Japan. Lawrence, Kansas, 1980. Roger Keyes, Hiroshige’s Tôkaidô Prints, in: Stephen Addiss (Ed.), Tôkaidô. On the Road: Pilgrimage, Travel and Culture. Lawrence, Kansas, 1982, pp 46.
From Hiroshige's first and most important Tokaido Road series.