by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
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.
Ferryboats at Arai - Terrific scene of a ferryboat carrying a daimyo across the water from Maisaka to Arai, with standards flying and an awning screening the lord. A smaller boat follows carrying the daimyo's retainers with two boatmen poling the craft. A beautiful Hiroshige design with lovely shading in the warm sky and the deep blue of the water.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 7/8" x 14" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Expertly remargined. Large loss at right, a few holes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few small spots and marks. Please see photos for details.