Early Departure from the Main Camp at Seki, circa 1833 - 1834

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Early Departure from the Main Camp at Seki, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Early Departure from the Main Camp at Seki, circa 1833 - 1834

Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The Great Tokaido)

Hiroshige’s Great Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (present-day Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye-opening and life-changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo, he had experienced life mainly in the capital. After the trip, he returned to Edo and immediately began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's first Tokaido series is also known as the "Great Tokaido," or the "Hoeido Tokaido," after the publisher Hoeido. Hiroshige returned to this favorite subject again and again, creating many additional Tokaido series. Published circa 1833 - 1834, Hiroshige's famous Great Tokaido designs offer an opportunity to be transported back in time to see Japan as it was during the days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Early Departure from the Main Camp at Seki, circa 1833 - 1834 - Terrific illustration of a daimyo party in the early morning, preparing to leave their overnight lodgings and depart once again on their journey down the Tokaido. The roof of the building at left is shadowed in gray, with a few yakko or footmen gathered at the entrance, one tying on his hat while the other two smoke a last pipe before leaving. A group of samurai wait near the gate, and pine trees frame a view of the dark gray sky. A wonderful, atmospheric image.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 8 7/8" x 13 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. Light vertical centerfold. Thinning along vertical fold at side, repaired.

Early Departure from the Main Camp at Seki, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Early Departure from the Main Camp at Seki, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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