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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
An ascending road in a small mountain village, lined with shops offering travellers the local speciality (meibutsu) - ropes and bags made from hemp
Title: Fujikawa - Yamanaka (o. sanchû) shuku (yado) shôke (Fujikawa Station - inns and shops in Yamanaka / in the mountains)
Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (Of the 53 stations of the Tokaido highway), the so-called "Gyôsho-Tôkaidô".
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: (Ezakiya Kichibei, Tenjudô, Edo)
Date: Ca. 1841-45
Size: Aiban landscape format, 19,5 x 31,5 cm (gauge)
Very good impression and colours. Undoubled and with full margins. At margins partly a little bit stained and a little bit soiled, at lower corners minimally rubbed. Clean and nice image, except for a few tiny spots. Overall nice condition. Right margin handwritten in ink the Japanese number "38", the usual number for this station within the series of the "Gyôsho-Tôkaidô", so called after the semi-cursive Gyôsho script in the series cartouches. According to the enclosed certificate once purchased at Uchida Art Co. Ltd, Kyoto Handicraft Center, signature Y. Yamagami, manager. Fig. Ukiyo-e Taikei, vol. 14, p. 78, no. 93; compare this colour and print variant (with censor's seal on the right and bokashi on the left of the roofs on the right): British Museum 1968,0617,0.15; MFA Boston 11.40020, 21.9351; Chazen Museum of Art 1984.415; Art Institute of Chicago 1928.352; Allen Memorial Art Museum 1950.1031; Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art.