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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
A daimyô with his escort procession is fording the river Ôi. In the foreground a sumô wrestler on an open palanquin is carried through the water.
Title: Kanaya – Ôigawa engan – (Kanaya – the distant bank of the river Ôi) - 25th station
Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road), the so-called Gyôsho-Tôkaidô
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Date: c. 1841/42
Size: Horizontal Aiban, 19,5 x 31,5 cm (image size)
Strong impression, very good to excellent colours. Colour variant with a reddish-brown gradation for the sky top. Unbacked. Three corners clipped. A triangular tear in the water area to the left, expertly restored; else very good and clean condition.
Cf. MFA Boston, No. 06.1814 a.o., Chazen Museum of Art, Van Vleck Collection, No. 1984.388