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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Harimaze-e (Cutout print). Pictures and Views for four stations of the Tokaido road:
Shirasuka – A coastal view (station no. 32, top right)
Futagawa - Two leafs in stone rubbing print style (ishizuri-e) (station no. 33, top left)
Arai – A Fisherman (station no. 31, bottom right)
Yoshida –Fireworks over the bridge (station no. 34, bottom left)
Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi zue (Pictures of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido-Road)
Signature: Hiroshige hitsu
Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tôbei (Kinkôdô)
Size: Oban tate-e, 36,8 x 25,4 cm
A rare print from Hiroshige’s so-called „Third Harimaze Tokaido“.
Excellent impression with very fine, fresh colours. Unbacked, wide margins. Few stains, mostly in margins; some small wormage, paper minimally soiled and toned. Overall very good condition.
Cf. Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Van Vleck Collection, 1980.2065; 1984.0990; 1984.0991. Not in the collection of the British Museum; MFA Boston only has the the bottom two pictures as cutouts.
Complete harimaze sheets by Hiroshige are rare, since more often than not they were cut apart in Japan.