Hiroshige Ando, Goten-yama, Shinagawa, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: Goten-yama, Shinagawa
Series title: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Size: 36 x 24.5 cm
Condition: Backed for restoration (wormholes and tears), discoloured, light creases and soiling.
Hiroshige I Utagawa was renowned as one of the most skilled landscape artists of his time. Following in the footsteps of his teacher, Toyohiro Utagawa, he embraced producing images of natural landscapes at a time when travel between provinces was becoming more common, and convenient. With this new ease of travel came the demand for guides to these foreign locales in the form of both writing and images.
Goten-yama (Palace Hill) was one of the most famous sites for cherry blossom viewing in Edo. Hiroshige's view also shows the destruction of the landscape after removal of earth to build ramparts (daiba). These fortifications were raised as a defence measure against the threat of the Black Ships led by Commodore Perry when they arrived in Edo Bay in 1853. The hillsides are thorn, although the cherry blossom enthusiasts in this print are not daunted and are seen strolling beneath the trees.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Hiroshige Ando|
|Dimensions||36 x 24.5 cm|
|Condition Report||Backed for restoration (wormholes and tears), discoloured, light creases and soiling.|