Hiroshige: Snow at AkabaneHiroshige: Snow at Akabane
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Akabane canal and bridge in Shiba, Edo, in snow.

Title: Shiba Akabane no yuki (Snow at Akabane in Shiba)

Series: Tôto meisho (Famous views views of the eastern capital)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô), Edo

Censor: Tanaka

Date: 1844/45

Size: Horizontal Ôban, 24,5 x 37 cm (overall)

Very nice impression and colours; unbacked, with wide margins. Soiling in margins, some smaller, expertly restored wormholes. From the very good second edition, with Tanaka’s censor seal. There exist different colour variants of the sky with this image - here with a grey twilight sky.
Cf. for this edition MFA Boston, RES.54.116 a.o.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. JP3038, British Museum No. 1937,0710,0.263 (without margins, same colour variant), Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll., No. 23593; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, No. P.75.51.482. From a Tôto meisho series with a total of 15 views.