Hirokage - A sake party at night
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Utagawa Hirokage (worked about 1855-65)

Four tipsy men at a sake party on a hill in a landscape surrounded by fireflies at night.

Title: Dôkanyama – Mushi-kiki (On the Dôkanyama listening to the crickets)

Series: Edo meisho dôke zukushi (Funny events at famous places in Edo)

Signature: Hirokage ga

Publisher: Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô)

Date: 7/1859

Size: Oban, 36,6 x 25 cm

Perfect impression and colours, strong wooden grain. Full margins. A few small pin holes in right margin repaired; slight horizontal centrefold, otherwise very good to excellent condition.

Hirokage refers with this humorous series to the famous views of Edo (Edo meisho) made by his teacher Hiroshige.

Compare: MFA Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, No 11.16950.