Hiroshige II: View of the Ryôgoku Bridge
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Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
A gentleman and a lady enjoying the view of the river and Ryôgoku Bridge from the veranda of an inn on the Sumidagawa, during a meeting of painters and calligraphers. Inside the room hangs a just-completed painting of an eagle on a rock, signed "Shôgetsu"; on the floor below bowls of paint and water.
Title: Shogakai sekijō - Ryōgoku-bashi (A gathering of calligraphers and painters).
Series: Tôto sanjûrokkei (Thirty-six views of the Eastern Capital, i.e. Edo).
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Sagamiya Tôkichi (Aito), Edo
Censor/Date: Aratame/3rd month 1862
Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôban, 34.2 x 23.1 cm (image).
Very nice impression and colours. Unbacked, with full margins. A faint spot in left margin, a small paper thinning in upper left margin, in the other upper corner verso a small paper mounting remnant. Overall very nice condition. Red collector’s seal in bottom left corner.
Cf. Chazen Museum of Art, Van Vleck Coll., 1980.2268; Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll., 22834 and 13711.