Hiroshige: traveller in the snow
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
A traveller crossing a snowy summit on horseback, riding on to a village to find shelter.
Title: Fujikawa (Fujikawa, station no. 38)
Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road) – here the so-called Kyôka (comic poem) Tokaido
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Sanoki, Kikakudô)
Date: around 1840-42
Size: Vertical chûban, 15,6 x 21,1 cm (block-size)
Very good print with beautiful colours, margins minimally trimmed, sheet unbacked. At the right margin some small, partly restored pin holes, minor creases. At the bottom left a "white spot", probably due to the printing process; altogether in perfect condition. The famous and popular snow view from the Kyôka Tokaido series by Hiroshige.
Cf.: MFA Boston Spaulding Coll. Inv. No. 21.9146 a.o.; Honolulu Museum of Art, Cooke Coll. Inv. No. 09842 a.o.