Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Mouth of the Naka River
Series; Famous Places in the Environs of Edo Edo Kinko Meisho
Famous Places in the Environs of Edo - This is a reprint of a rare, mid-1830s Hiroshige series titled "Famous Places in the Environs of Edo." These designs are in the unusual "ebangire" format, a long horizontal sheet printed with landscape or nature scenes in light colors. During the Edo era, members of the upper class used these prints as writing paper for short greetings or poems (similar to surimono), so very few original prints in this format survive. The highly respected Adachi Publisher has recreated all twelve known designs from the series with a wonderful attention to detail, each print with the Adachi ink seal on the reverse. These expansive landscape views features delicate bokashi shading and incredible fine line work, beautifully capturing the soft colors and airy mood of the original prints. Many also include fine embossed detail in the clouds or water. A terrific choice for display, they also would make wonderful additions to a Hiroshige collection. Adachi released this edition in very small numbers and we’ve only seen this series a couple of times.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Image Size - Page size 7 7/8" x 21 5/8" Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.