Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Print Title: Fukagawa Susaki and Jūmantsubo (Fukagawa Susaki Jūmantsubo), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: May 1857
Size: Vertical ōban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Date of this edition: May 1857
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Small repaired wormholes in the left margin, mild fading in the cartouche title, lower margin trimmed to the print and restored, very mild toning. Very good overall condition.
Notes: Very highly sought design, one of the best from the series. Untrimmed left margin, leaving the seals intact.
More about this print: This view looking northwest from Fukagawa Susaki, a spit of land along Edo Bay, toward Jūmantsubo, a tract of land named after its approximate area of one hundred thousand tsubo (about eighty acres), is one of the most dramatic designs of the series. Its appeal lies in the contrast between the powerful form of the eagle as it prepares to dive for prey and the desolate wintry marshes below. As in other views devoid of people, there is still a pervasive human presence—in the roofs huddled to the left, in the poles of the lumber-yards beyond, and, above all, in the lone wooden bucket floating at the edge of the bay, surrounded by water birds on which the eagle seems to have its eye.
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.