Hiroshige: Dawn in the Pleasure Quarter
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Last visitors leaving the Yoshiwara pleasure district of Edo in the early morning dawn, accompanied by a courtesan. Blossoming cherry trees are standing at the sides of the gate.
Title: Kakuchû shinonome (Dawn in the Pleasure Quarter)
Series: Meisho Edo hyakkei (One hundred famous views of Edo)
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Sakanaya Eikichi (Uoei), Edo
Date: Snake 4 (1857, 4th month)
Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôban, 33.6 x 22.2 cm (image)
Very good impression and colours. Margins trimmed, at sides backed with brown paper strips from verso. Very thinly backed. Paper a little bit age-toned. Overall very good condition.
Ill. in Ukiyo-e Taikei, vol. 16, no. 38; Smith, Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, New York, 2007 (6th ed.) No. 38. Cf. also Metropolitan Museum of Art JP65; MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll. 11.26339, MAK Vienna KI 11175.