Hiroshige: Autumn at the Akiba-shrineHiroshige: Autumn at the Akiba-shrine
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

The spacious garden of the Akiba shrine in Ukeji in autumn. Trees are reflected in the water, visitors are walking around the area. On the left hand side, sitting on a terrace, a monk is drawing the landscape - supposedly a self-portrait of Hiroshige who in 1856 had become a lay priest.

Title: Ukeji Akiba no keidai (Precincts of the Akiba Shrine at Ukeji)

Series: Meisho Edo hyakkei (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: Uo-Ei (Uo-ya Eikichi)

Date: 8/1857

Size: Vertical Oban, 33,9 x 22, 5 cm

Very good impression with excellent colours. This colour variant with oxidized red pigment in the trees. Some minor printers flaws; side margins only a tiny bit trimmed, bottom professionally remargined.

Cf. Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, New York, 2007 (6th ed) No. 91. Cf. also MFA Boston, Spaulding Coll. No. 21.9491 et al.