100 Views of Edo # 12 Deluxe 1st Edition by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Print Title: Ueno Yamashita (Ueno Yamashita), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: October 1858
Size: Oban: 8 5/8" x 13 5/8" (21.9 x 34.2 cm)
Date of this edition: October 1858, 1st Edition
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Small thin in the upper left corner not affecting the print. Pin size stain in the signature cartouche, imperceptible fading. Excellent overall.
Notes: Designed by Ando Hiroshige, this is one of the 3 prints from the series that was published by his pupil Hiroshige II. Very rare 1st edition with 3 colors in the title cartouche. Deluxe edition with Mica in the roof 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 scene depicts the area known as Yamashita ("Below the Mountain") in Ueno Park. The abstract band of pink and yellow represents the famous cherry blossoms of Kan'eiji Temple ("The Mountain").
The small shrine hidden in the woods is Gojo Tenjin, and the adjacent restaurant is Iseya, which advertises a rice dish blended with pickled shiso, a minty herb. The procession of parasol-covered women in the lower left corner may be a group of ladies-in-waiting. Stopping to gaze at them is a group of commoners, somewhat awkwardly diminished in size.
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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