Hiroshige: Ferryboat at Kuwana harbourHiroshige: Ferryboat at Kuwana harbour
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

The fully occupied ferryboat arriving at Kuwana harbour after having crossed the seven-mile distance from Atsuta; in the foreground cooked hamaguri clams are being offerd to the ferry passengers, in the background the Matsudaira castle at Kuwana.

Title: Kuwana – Shichiri no watashi-bune (Kuwana – the Seven-Mile Ferry)

Series: Gojûsan-tsugi meisho zue (Famous Views of the 53 Places, i.e. stations of the Tôkaidô road), the so-called “Vertical Tôkaidô” – No. 43

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô), Edo

Date: 1855, 7th month

Size: Vertical Oban, 34, 2 x 22,5 cm (image size)

Excellent impression and colours. A fine copy with visible wood grain and good bokashi gradation. Wide margins, unbacked. Only very few small stains, partly due to paper, minimal soiling in margins. Overall excellent condition.
Yoneda/Walter, p. 100 f, No. 43. Cf. also MFA Boston, Spaulding Coll., No. 21.5284 a.o.; Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll., No. 23129 a.o.; Vincent Van Gogh Foundation Collection, No. N71