100 Views of Edo # 1 by Ando Hiroshige
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Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Print Title: Nihonbashi, Clearing After Snow (Nihonbashi yukibare), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: May 1856
Size: Vertical ˘ban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Date of this edition: 1856
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Some fading, small repaired wormholes in the left and right margins, very mild soiling. Good to very good overall condition.
More about this print: How can a single composition document the city of Edo during the mid-nineteenth century? Three iconic images of Japanese culture during the time of Hiroshige are joined in this print, which was chosen to introduce the series: in the background, the perfect form of Mount Fuji, symbol of nature and the divine; at the right, Edo Castle, representing political power; and in the foreground, riverside scenes teeming with activity, emblematic of the common people. The snowy scene is cast in morning light, at the great Bridge of Japan, or Nihonbashi, from which distances to all parts of Japan were measured.
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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