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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Travellers on their way in front of an inn with a viewing terrace below the cliff near Yui.
Title: Gojûsan tsugi - Yui (Of the 53 Stations - Yui) - No. 17
Series: Tôkaidô (The Tokaido Highway), the so called "Reisho-Tôkaidô".
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô), Edo
Size: Horizontal Ôban, 21,7 x 34,3 cm (image)
Excellent impression and colours, from the first edition. Well visible wood grain. Unbacked, margins somewhat trimmed, corners bevelled and replaced. Small paper strips from former mounting at upper margin. Overall very good condition. As always without censor's seal.
Ill. Ukiyo-e Taikei, vol. 14, p. 83, no. 127; Schlombs, Hiroshige, Cologne 2007, p. 60; cf. also MFA Boston 21.5114; British Museum 1906,1220,0.832; Art Institute of Chicago 1925.3569; Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1950.936, a.o. This charming Tokaido series by Hiroshige is best known as "Reisho-Tôkaidô" because of the formal reisho style script of its title cartouches; it is also called - after the publisher - "Marusei-Tôkaidô".