100 Views of Edo # 107 by Utagawa Hiroshige
Artist: Ando 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: 1857
Size: Vertical oban; 35.9 x 24.6 cm (14 1/8 x 9 11/16 in.)
Date of this edition: 1857
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Margin almost fully trimmed, affecting the seal, small repaired crack on the right side of the print.
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 presencein 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.
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