Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
A lively evening street scene with a row of inns, at the left the torii at the entrance to the shrine of Mishima, which is dedicated to the patron deity of travelling.
Title: Mishima - Daimyôjin Ichi no Torii (First Gate of the Shrine of Mishima Daimyôjin) - No. 12
Series: Gojûsan tsugi meisho zue (Famous views of the 53 places, i.e. stations along the Tokaido highway), also known as the "Vertical Tôkaidô".
Signature: Hiroshige hitsu
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô), Edo
Date: 1855, 7th month
Size: Vertical Ôban, 34,2 x 22,5 cm (image)
Very good impression and colours. Smoothed vertical centrefold, on the front side only a few tiny wormholes visible. At lower margin two tiny spots, at upper part of title cartouche a spot and a little thinner there. Overall very good condition.
According to the enclosed certificate once purchased at Uchida Art Co. Ltd, at Kyoto Handicraft Center, signature Y. Yamagami, manager. Ill. Yoneda/Walter No. 12. See also MFA Boston, British Museum, Honolulu, Library of Congress, Chazen, van Gogh Museum, a.o.