Eight Views of Shiba in the Eastern Capital - For his lovely series "Eight Views of Shiba in the Eastern Capital," Hiroshige confined himself to the famous Shiba district of Edo, depicting both popular and less well-known sights during snow and rain, spring and summer, rendered in clear, bright colors. These beautiful views show the area bustling with activity as pedestrians go about their daily lives, strolling through the streets, visiting shrines, or viewing cherry blossoms. Originals from the series are rare, as are these fine old reprints. A lovely and unusual series.
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Returning Sails at Takanawa - Beautiful image of ships returning for the night at Takanawa. The shoreline is crowded with pedestrians as a group of pilgrims dressed in white approaches the stone entrance gate past a rider on horseback. The carts in the right foreground were used to transport cattle, an important commodity in Takanawa. A lovely evening view with the softly shaded sky glowing red and yellow-orange as the sun sets.
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 - 9" x 13 3/4"+ margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. In excellent condition overall.