|Artist||Andô Hiroshige (1797-1858)|
|Published||1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month|
|Dimensions||Ôban tate-e [~15.6 x 10.7 inches]|
Series: Meisho Edo hyakkei: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Censor Seals: aratame, Snake 1
A street view of what is today Kasumigaseki-zaka, featuring the guardhouse of the Asano residence and the samurai barracks of the Kuroda clan, with Edo Bay in the distance.
Andô Hiroshige (1797 – 12 October 1858) also known as Utagawa Hiroshige, was one of the most famous Ukiyo-e artists and produced over 8,000 designs in his lifetime. Hiroshige was born in 1797 in the Yayosu Quay section of the Yaesu area in Edo and was the son of an official in the fire department. Not long after his parents death, Hiroshige began to paint at the age of 14. Initially, he sough to become a pupil of the master print maker Toyokuni; however, Toyokuni had too many pupils to take on Hiroshige and so he became a pupil of Utagawa Toyohiro. Hiroshige also studied with Okajima Rinsai and Ooka Umpo.
In the 1820s Hiroshige produced prints in all the typical genres of Ukiyo-e woodblock printing: prints of women, actors, warriors, flowers, and birds. He started producing landscape prints in the early 1830s, establishing his own unique style with the series 'Famous Places in Edo' (Ichiyusai signature) and 'Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Highway' of 1832-3. He continued to excel at views of famous places throughout his career and managed to express in great detail the poetic sensibility inherent in the climate and topography of Japan and the people who lived there
Condition: Binding holes in left margin. Some ink over run in left margin.