Ryôgoku hanabi: Fireworks at Ryôgoku

Method Woodblock (nishiki-e)
Artist after Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Published Taisho 7 [1918]
Dimensions Chuban [~10.7 x 7.5 inches]
Notes Series: Rekishi chiri fuzoku nishikie bunko: Collection of Nishikie on History, Georgraphy and Customs
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Editor: Ogawa Enson
Publisher: Fuzoku Emaki Zuga Kankokai

Finely produced reduced copy of the 98th print from Meisho Edo hyakkei: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, in the autumn section.

From a series of "nishikie bunko" or pocket books with colourful woodblock prints, produced by "Fuzoku Emaki Zuga Kankokai Nishikiebu", The Association for Publication of Genre Handscroll Illustrations. These pocket books were compiled between 1917 and 1920, and as a collective are known as Rekishi chiri fuzoku nishikie bunko: Collection of Nishikie on History, Georgraphy and Customs, and alternatively also as Kinsei kyogi den: Stories of Chivalry in Recent Times.

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: Excellent impression with wide margins. Binding holes to right edge of sheet. Minor staining.
Framing mounted
Price £300.00
Stock ID 47212