Hiroshige: Tsuki no MisakiHiroshige: Tsuki no Misaki
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

A late summer night scene on the verandah of an inn at Shinagawa. Behind the shôji door to the left the silhouette of a courtesan, to the right the seated figure of a shamisen player. The remnants of a meal on the Tatami mats hint at an – now invisible – male party guest. The full moon illuminates the serene view of Edo bay.

Title: Tsuki no Misaki (Moon-Viewing Point)

Series: Meisho Edo hyakkei (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: Uo-Ei (Uo-ya Eikichi)

Date: 8/1856

Size: Vertical Oban, 34,8 x 22,5 cm (image size)

Excellent impression and colours. Unbacked. Bottom margin expertly remargined, at right upper margin a small paper reinforcement. In some places paper minimally wavy. Overall very nice condition of this very atmospheric image.

Smith, Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, New York, 2007 (6th ed.) No. 82. Cf. also Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll. No. 22777; MFA Boston, Spaulding Coll. No. 21.9483 a.o., MAK Vienna No. KI 10522-10.