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.
Shinmachi Bridge at Hodogaya, circa 1833 - 1834 - Porters carry a closed palanquin over the arched wooden bridge toward the busy street lined with shops and teahouses, with houses beyond. At the foot of the bridge, a restaurant advertises soba noodles, with waitresses waiting outside to entice visitors into the establishment. A mountain rises above the treetops at right, and softly shaded peach clouds drift across the horizon at left. A handsome design with fine shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9" x 14" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few holes, slight thinning at corners, repaired. A few creases, slight toning at edges. Please see photos for details.
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