Hiroshige: Rain shower at NihonbashiHiroshige: Rain shower at Nihonbashi
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Passers-by hurrying over Nihonbashi bridge in a sudden rain shower. In the distance rises majestic Mt. Fuji. To the right side in the background Edo castle is visible.

Title: Nihonbashi no haku-u (A rain shower at Nihonbashi)

Series: Tôto meisho (Famous Places of the Eastern Capital, i.e. Edo)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Sanoki, Kikakudô), Edo

Date: c. 1832-38

Size: Horizontal Oban, 16,5 x 38,7 cm (overall)

Excellent, crisp impression. Wide margins, unbacked. The red and yellow tones - used only sparingly here - show some fading. Upper corners reinforced at the back, with small remnants of former corner hinging. Upper margin slightly toned at top, some small stains in bottom margin, partly caused by printing. A small paper defect in the upper left corner, very few tiny wormholes. A few creases in marginal areas. Overall very good condition of this captivating image.

„Considered one of the masterpieces of the series.“ Tamba, The Art of Hiroshige, Tokio 1965, No. 26 and commentary p. 7. Cf. also MFA Boston, Spaulding Coll. No. 21.9875 a. o. Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll., No. 23602 a.o.