Hiroshige I and Toyokuni III Utagawa, The Narrow Ivy-covered Road at Mount Utsu, Tokaido

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CMSA335
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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1864)
Title: Okabe - The Narrow Ivy-covered Road at Mount Utsu
Series title: Two Brushes Tokaido
Publisher: Maruya Kyushiro
Date: 1854-1855
Size: 36.2 x 25.0 cm
Condition report: Wear and soiling, wormhole, slightly trimmed.

Sohitsu [lit. twin brushes] is a term used to describe collaborative designs in the ukiyo-e woodblock print tradition. Collaborations between artists were common during this period and were done largely with political purpose as a way to show solidarity between artists in the face of increased government censorship. For each print in this spectacular series, Hiroshige created the landscapes and Kunisada designed the figures in the foreground. The two artists were close companions and worked together on various compositions throughout their careers.


Tokaido was the most important travel route between the city of Edo and the capital Kyoto. Along this road were numerous stations or posts that offered refreshments and lodging for travellers. Tokaido was a favourite subject in woodblock prints produced in the Edo period and frequently associated with events or characters, as is also the case in this collaborative series.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title Okabe - The Narrow Ivy-covered Road at Mount Utsu
Subject Samurai & Male, Landscapes
Dimensions 36.2 x 25.0 cm
Condition Report Wear and soiling, wormhole, slightly trimmed.