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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
A scenic, multi-coloured rock formation dominates the right side of the picture. Between the mountain ranges the retinue of a travelling daimyo. On the horizon to the left, all in white, Mount Fuji.
Title: Hakone – Kosui zu (Hakone – View of the Lake) - (Station No. 11)
Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (The 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô Road)
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Hôeidô (Takenouchi Magohachi), Edo
Size: Oban yoko-e, 22,6 x 35,5 cm (image size)
Very good impression in fine, fresh colours. Almost no trimming. Some minor paper blemishes (small tears, losses, thinning), partly reinforced from the back. Only minimal creases, stains and smudges. In top margin two old handwritten additions. Overall very nice, unbacked condition.
Ukiyo-e Taikei Bd. 14, No 11 (fig.). 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
Cf. MFA Boston, Bigelow Collection, Nr. 11.23086 u.ö.; British Museum Inv. Nr. 1906,1220,0.778
From Hiroshige's first and most important Tokaido Road series.