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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
A procession of porters with decorated trunks on the Tokaido highway.
Title: Gojûsan tsugi - Chiryû (Of the 53 Stations - Chiryû) – No. 40
Series: Tôkaidô (The Tokaido Highway), the so called "Reisho-Tôkaidô"
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô), Edo
Censors: Mera and Watanabe
Size: Horizontal Ôban, 21,5 x 34,5 cm (image)
Very good impression with excellent colours. Unbacked, with full margins. On top of the image a small thinner spot in the paper, upper left corner replaced. Overall nice and clean condition.
Ill. Ukiyo-e Taikei, vol. 14, p. 86, no. 150; cf. also MFA Boston 21.5139; Metropolitan Museum JP790; British Museum 1906,1220,0.846; Art Institute of Chicago 1963.690; Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1950.958; Chazen Museum of Art 1980.1019; a.o. This charming Tokaido series by Hiroshige is best known as "Reisho-Tôkaidô" because of the formal reisho style script of its title cartouches; it is also called - after the publisher - "Marusei-Tôkaidô".