Artist: Ando Hiroshige
Title: Kameido Tenmangu Keidai no Yuki (Snowing in the precincts of the Kameido Shrine), from the series Famous Views of the Eastern Capital
Date: c. 1833, published by Sanoya Kihei (Sanoki, Kikakudô)
Size: oban, approx. 14.7" x 9.85" overall
Condition: Good, flattened centerfold, wrinkling, professional repairs to wormage, and minor soils, tape remainder at top center verso from previous framing, small pencil notation in margin top right verso
Impression: VG , solid key lines, excellent registration, and bokashi
Color: VG, some light fading, saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: Compare with two copies in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston collection here: www.mfa.org
Notes: This print is known in two versions, one with the water completely blue as shown here, and another with the water area having a bokashi of blue fading to white. Of the two this version seems to be the less often seen, although in either version the print is decidedly rare
About Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858)
From a early age Hiroshige displayed his inclination towards art. Although by the age of twelve he was orphaned, at fifteen he managed to arrange to join the studio of Toyohiro after being rejected by the studio of Toyokuni. With Toyohiro, he progressed rapidly, and within a year he was given membership to the Utagawa fraternity of artists. His diploma dated March 9, 1812, gave him the artist-name Utagawa Hiroshige. After making prints of kabuki stars and courtesans for a number of years, in 1826 Hiroshige began his landscape series Famous Views of the Eastern Capital, and in 1833 he began to published his landmark series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido. During the late 1840's and early 1850's, over production took it's toll of artistic quality, and Hiroshige's works became mediocre and repetitive. It was not until about 1853 that he began again to produce work of note and quality. From this period date sets of landscape prints in the vertical format, such as Famous Places of the Sixty Odd Provinces (1853-1856) and perhaps his greatest achievement One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (1856-1858) which was completed by his son-in-law, Hiroshige II.
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