Hiroshige: Tavern at the TokaidoHiroshige: Tavern at the Tokaido
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Guests in a cosy tavern at the Tokaido road. A gentleman, accompanied by a lady, getting his shoulders massaged by a blind masseur, in the room next door two men relaxing in an Ofuro.

Title: Ishibe (Ishibe, station no. 52)

Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road) – here the so-called Kyôka (comic poem) Tokaido

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Censor: Kiwame

Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Sanoki, Kikakudô)

Date: around 1840-42

Size: Vertical chûban, 15,3 x 21,1 cm (block size)

Very good print with beautiful colours, margins minimally trimmed, sheet unbacked. At the right margin some small pin holes, minor creases, few small stains, altogether in perfect condition. Print from the appealing Kyôka-Tokaido series by Hiroshige.

Cf.: MFA Boston Spaulding Coll. Inv. No. 21.9160 a.o.; Honolulu Museum of Art, Cooke Coll. Inv. No. 09856 a.o.