Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
A woman with a rake over her shoulder at the seashore collecting salt at the beach of Shiohama near Okitsu.
Series: Gojûsan tsugi (53 stations), the so-called "Jinbutsu (o. Jimbutsu)-Tôkaidô".
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Murataya Ichigorô (Muraichi) Edo)
Censors: Hama and Magome
Size: Vertical Chûban, 22,2 x 16,8 cm (image)
Very good impression, colours still good, a little bit faded. Unbacked, margins a little bit trimmed, as usual a little bit narrower at right. Upper left corner a little bit rubbed and brownstained. Some small binding holes along the image’s left margins. Overall very good, clean condition.
Here the 18th station within this charming and surprisingly rarely seen-series, which is commonly known as "Jinbutsu-Tôkaidô" (Figure Tokaido) or, after the publisher, "Muraichi-Tôkaidô". Since in this series two images were printed on one sheet of paper, many sheets do not bear any signature, censorship or publisher's marks.
Cf. Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) 1966.278; MFA Boston 06.1540; Honolulu Museum of Art Michener Coll. 22879 et al; Chazen Museum of Art 1980.1043b; Norton Simon Museum P.1967.27.038ab; National Diet Library (NDL), DOI 10.11501/2541077 (the whole series).