100 Views of Edo # 93 Deluxe 1st Edition by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Print Title:
Niijuku Ferry (Niijuku no watashi), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: February 1857
Size: Vertical ˘ban; 35.9 x 24.6 cm (14 1/8 x 9 11/16 in.)
Date of this edition: February 1857, 1st Edition
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Trimmed to the margin in the upper and lower section of the print. Margins partially trimmed on the right and left side affecting the seal. Small thin area in the name cartouche.
Notes: Very rare 1st edition of this print. Deluxe edition with Mica in the roof top area. Usually, this technique was reserved for good customer or prestigious people, as the technology was fairly new, expensive and difficult to master.
More about this print: This print is similar in theme and composition to the view of Kawaguchi Ferry in number 20. Both are views of ferry crossings on major roads leading out of Edo, and as the most distant points in the series for their respective directions (north for Kawaguchi and northeast here), they serve to mark the outer geographical limits of the series as a whole. It is for this reason that both have the look of straightforward topographical prints, important more to fix boundaries than to highlight famous places.
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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