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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Travellers on the road and travellers resting under large old pine trees at the roadside of the Tokaido highway.
Title: Chiryû (Station no. 40)
Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (The 53 stations of the Tokaido highway), the so-called "Gyôsho-Tôkaidô".
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: (Ezakiya Kichibei, Tenjudô, Edo)
Censor: Hama (lower left)
Date: ca. 1841-44
Size: Horizontal Aiban, 19,5 x 31,5 cm (image)
Nice impression and colours. Narrow margins, esp. in top. Smoothed vertical centrefold backed in bottom, expertly restored tears and a paper loss at lower margin. A little bit soiled and fingerstained in bottom and margins, some thinner spots in the paper. Overall good to very good condition. According to the enclosed certificate once purchased at Uchida Art Co. Ltd, Kyoto Handicraft Center, signature Y. Yamagami, manager. Cf. MFA, Honolulu, Harvard, Chazen, British Museum.