Hiroshige Ando, Inari Bridge and Minato Shrine, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: Inari Bridge and Minato Shrine, Teppozu
Series title: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: late 19th century (originally printed in 1856-1858)
Size: 35.9 x 24.8 cm
Condition: Paper losses and tears restored, faded, light soiling, ink spotted on the back top, light foxing on the left, later edition.
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.
Minato Shrine was one of the oldest in Edo (today's Tokyo), with a patron deity that watched over the harbour. Edo Bay was shallow and large ships had to lie at anchor in the bay. Cargo was transferred to smaller boats that can be seen in the foreground, then taken to the warehouses and markets of the city via its many canals. The thick mast of a ship is used a compositional device with a dramatic close-up.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Hiroshige Ando|
|Title||Inari Bridge and Minato Shrine, Teppozu|
|Dimensions||35.9 x 24.8 cm|
|Condition Report||Paper losses and tears restored, faded, light soiling, ink spotted on the back top, light foxing on the left, later edition.|