Hiroshige: Yushima TenjinHiroshige: Yushima Tenjin
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

A view from Yushima Tenjin shrine, looking down on Shinobazu pond with Benten shrine, on a clear winter’s day with snow.

Title: Yushima Tenjin sakaue chôbô (A hilltop view from Yushima Tenjin shrine)

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

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Uo-Ei (Uo-ya Eikichi)

Date: 4/1856

Size: Vertical Oban, 34,2 x 22,5 cm (image size)

Excellent early impression and colours, with visible woodgrain and very good bokashi (colour gradation). Unbacked. Corners in margin expertly restored. In left margin unidentified red (collector’s?) seal. A very desirable state of this lovely serene winter scene.

Smith, Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, New York, 2007 (6th ed.) No. 117. Cf. also Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll. No. 22814; MFA Boston, Spaulding Coll. No. 21.9515 a.o.