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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Kanbara

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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Kanbara
Woodblock print, from the series Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi (The Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido), signed Hiroshige ga, published by Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeido)
9 1/8 x 14 in. (23.2 x 35.6 cm.)

Lot Essay

Heavy snow is falling on the background hills and village of Kanbara, located in Shizuoka Prefecture by the sea. This is an imaginary scene as it rarely snows in that area.
There is an off-register impression of “Ohashi Bridge,” one of the principal designs of Hiroshige’s One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo, in the Hagi Uragami Museum that is now considered to be a trial version that was corrected before the initial edition was released (see Ceramics and Ukiyoe: Masterworks from the Hagi Uragami Museum [Tokyo: Nezu Museum, 2013], no. 188). The off-registry of the printed line around the right slope here may indicate that it too is a prototype printed before the first edition.

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