100 Views of Edo # 25 by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Prints Title: Original Fuji, Meguro (Meguro Moto-Fuji), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: April 1857
Size: Vertical oban; 33.5 x 22.1 cm (13 3/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
Date of this edition: 1857
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Trimmed to the margins, else very fine. Very good colors and impression, good overall condition.
Notes: Constructed in 1812, this mini-Fuji preceded the one depicted in the previous print by seven years. In short order it earned a reputation for its spectacular setting, far more dramatic than any of the previous replicas of Fuji. It lay along the same bluff as the New Fuji, some five hundred yards farther north. The creation and capitalization of the scenic setting is central to this mini-Fuji, from the pine trees along the path of the artificial mountain to the teahouse benches and the cherry trees at the mound's base. Of all the mini-Fujis of Edo, this was perhaps one of the most popular.
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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