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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Sailingboats crossing Imagiri bay at sunset.

Title: 31 - Maisaka - Imagiri kaijô funawatashi (31th station - Maisaka – Ferryboats on the sea at Imagiri)

Series: Gojûsan-tsugi meisho zue (Famous Views of the 53 Places, i.e. stations of the Tôkaidô road), the so-called “Vertical Tôkaidô”

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô)

Date: 7/1855

Size: Vertical Oban, 34, 2 x 22,6 cm (image size)

Excellent impression and colours. A fine early copy with visible woodgrain and lovely bokashi gradation. Lateral margins a little trimmed. Thinly backed, some minor creases. In top margins a tiny wormhole (right) and a small paper thinning (left). A small printing smudge. Collector’s seal (FG? JG?) in bottom left margin. Very nice condition!

Yoneda/Walter, p. 78 f, No. 31. Cf. also MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll., No. 11.30281 a.o.; Chazen Museum of Art, Van Vleck Coll., No. 1984.524; Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll., No. 24955