Hiroshige Ando, Nihon Embankment, Yoshiwara, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: Nihon Embankment, Yoshiwara
Series title: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: 1856-1858
Size: 35.3 x 25.2 cm
Condition: Backed, trimmed, light wear, pigment spotted on the right.

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.

This print shows the final stretch of the way to the pleasure quarter of Shin-Yoshiwara. Nihon Embankment is lined on both sides by thatched teahouses. In order to conceal their identity, many guests have their faces covered, while others are being carried in palanquins. Back in Edo times, prostitution was highly regulated by the government from establishments such as Yoshiwara. In here, social classes were not strictly divided and a commoner with enough money would be served as an equal to a samurai.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title Nihon Embankment, Yoshiwara
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 35.3 x 25.2 cm
Condition Report Backed, trimmed, light wear, pigment spotted on the right.