Hiroshige's Eight Snow Scenes of the Eastern Capital - This beautiful series has a unique place in the history of Hiroshige's prints. Hiroshige produced the designs for the series but it was not printed during his lifetime. It is unknown why the prints were never produced as records show that they were approved by the censor Fuka-Tsu Ihei in 1846 and would normally have gone straight to production then. But, they were not printed. In 1928 those original Hiroshige drawings for this series were in the possession of a French collector who agreed to allow a small publication of 100 prints of each design by publisher Shotaro Sato. Our beautiful reprint is an excellent opportunity for a collector to own one of these beautiful images. They are beautiful to display or to add to a collection.
Street View, Looking Down the Kasumigaseki After a Snowfall - The famous sight of Kasumigaski in the morning after a snow. Vendors sweet and shovel snow off the busy avenue, while pedestrians trudge through the newly fallen snow. A beautiful winter scene by Hiroshige, depicting the whole of Edo spread out beyond. A fantastic design.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 13 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - In excellent condition overall.