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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

A daimyô with his followers is crossing the long wooden bridge over the Yahagi river, in the background at the right side Okazaki, castle of the Honda clan.

Title: Okazaki, Yahagi no hashi (Okazaki, Yahagi Bridge) (Station No 39)

Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan-tsugi no uchi (The 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô Road)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: Hôeidô (Takenouchi Magohachi)

Date: 1833-34

Size: Oban, 22,7 x 34,8 cm (picture size)

Very nice impression, fresh colours. Red colour in the sky oxidised due to the pigments used. Margins just a tiny bit trimmed. Lower margin under the picture neatly replaced. Vertical centrefold as often. Just a few, very small wormholes, neatly restored. Faintly soiled. Very good condition. Stamp of the Hanns Crzellitzer collection on lower right corner.

Ukiyo-e Taikei vol. 14, No 39 (Fig.). Vgl. MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll., No 11.17253 (u.ö.). Strange, The Colour-Prints of Hiroshige, London 1925. Stephen Addiss (Ed.), Tôkaidô. Adventures on the Road in Old Japan. Lawrence, Kansas, 1980. Roger Keyes, Hiroshige’s Tôkaidô Prints, in: Stephen Addiss (Ed.), Tôkaidô. On the Road: Pilgrimage, Travel and Culture. Lawrence, Kansas, 1982, pp 46.

From Hiroshige's first and most important Tokaido Road series.