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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Visitors marvel at the view of the vast city landscape, from the top level of Sanmon gate of Shiba Zôjô-ji temple, one of the most popular temples in Edo. Above their heads the gate’s roof beams.
Title: Shiba Zôjô-ji - Jū-sanmon ue shichû chôbô no zu (Zôzôji temple in Shiba - View of the city from the top floor of the Sanmon gate)
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Series: Edo meisho (Famous places in Edo)
Publisher: Aritaya Seiemon (Arisei, Yûeidô), Edo
Date: 1854, 7th (intercalary) month
Size: Horizontal Ôban, 21,6 x 34,2 cm (image size)
Very good impression and good colours, yellow faded. Unbacked, wide margins. Slightly stained in the sky, otherwise fine condition.
Extremely rare print, the perspective effect unusually enhanced by the roof at the top; from a rare Edo meisho series.
For this series cf. Tamba Tsuneo, The Art of Hiroshige, Tokyo 1965, Nos. 265-267. Only one copy at the MFA Boston, Denman Waldo Ross Coll., No. 06.1642