100 Views of Edo # 97 by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Prints Title: Five Pines, Onagi Canal (Onagigawa Gohonmatsu), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: July 1856
Size: Vertical oban; 35.6 x 24 cm (14 x 9 7/16 in.)
Date of this edition: July 1856
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Multiple restored pin holes, especially in the left and right margins, upper corners restored, remnants from prior mounting (Tape), some fading. Fair overall condition.
More about this print: The large pine tree in the foreground, its overhanging branch carefully supported by three posts, is another one of several famous pines depicted in this series. The name Five Pines originated in the planting of five separate trees at intervals along the Onagi Canal. By this date, four had died, leaving only this one. It was a huge old tree, growing out over the water from within the walls of an estate of the daimyo, or military lord, of Ayabe.
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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