Hiroshige II: Autumn at Kaian-ji
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Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
People enjoying the famous autumnal colouring of the maple trees in the garden of Kaian-ji temple in Shinagawa. In the picture on top the prow of a boat in shallow water next to sprouting branches, above calligraphed text (poem?)
Title: Kaian-ji - kôyô (The autumn foliage at Kaian temple) – No. 9
Series: Edo miyage (Souvenirs of Edo)
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Sakanaya Eikichi (Uoei), Edo
Censorship/Date: Aratame, 11th month 1861
Size: Vertical Ôban, 34,1 x 23,2 cm (image)
Very nice impression with excellent and fresh colours, well visible wood-grain. Unbacked. Margins in bottom and right a little bit trimmed. Left margin slightly thinner and in bottom corner small paper loss. A few small printer's spots. Verso in top margin two small paper strips from previous hinging. Overall very good condition.
Exceedingly rare. No other copy traced so far. The MFA Boston has three other prints from the same rare series (which is not listed in Marks, Publishers) in its collection (nos. 5, 6 and 8, the publisher incorrectly given as Uoya), the series title written differently each time. The publisher Sakanaya Eikichi had also been responsible for the publication of the series "One Hundred Famous Views from Edo" by Hiroshige I three years prior.