100 Views of Edo # 112 by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Print Title: Atagoshita and Yabu Lane (Atagoshita Yabuk˘ji), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: 1857
Size: Oban; 9 1/2" x 14" (24.2 x 35.5 cm)
Date of this edition: 1857
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Some toning in the margin, mild soiling and mild fading.
More about this print: This is the last of four famous snow scenes that feature bright colors against falling snow. In the distance is the district known as Atagoshita, after its location "beneath Mount Atago," the hill rising to the right. The clump of bamboo shown here was an established landmark recognizable to Edo residents. It lay just outside the northeast corner of the mansion of the daimyo of Minakuchi, and served to protect the site from the dangerous northeast, where the Kimon, the "devil’s gate," lay.
The bamboo gave its name to Yabu ("Thicket") Lane, an alley that ran along the back of the wall of the mansion. Although mentioned in the title, Yabu Lane is out of sight in this view, behind to the right.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
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