Hiroshige: Meisho sanjûrokkei
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) / Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
Title page and table of contents for the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”:
A depiction of Mt. Fuji in a folding fan with the series title on top, in bottom three text cartouches, surrounded by a rich composition with a meandering stream between various flowers of the seasons and maple leaves.
Title: Meisho sanjûrokkei (Thirty-six famous views)
Series: Fuji sanjûrokkei (Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji)
Signature: Ryûsai Hiroshige _ _ ga
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô), Edo
Date: 1859, 6th month
Size: Vertical Ôban, 33,2 x 22 cm (image size)
Fine impression and colours, with embossing. Unbacked. Right and bottom margins slightly trimmed. Some very small wormholes. Overall very nice fresh condition.
Ill. in Uhlenbeck/Molenaar, Mount Fuji, Sacred mountain of Japan. Leiden, 2000, p. 54, No. 53. Cf. also British Museum, no. 1902,0212,0.396.37; MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll. No. 11.39252 a.o.; MAK Vienna Nos. BI 17427-1, BI 17426-2-1. Honolulu Museum of Art, No. 16790. There are different colour variants of the text cartouches.
According to Uhlenbeck/Molenaar and others, this sheet, which was printed in the year after Hiroshige's death, was created by Hiroshige II; other authors assign it to Hiroshige I.
An particularly lavishly illustrated title page.