Hiroshige Ando, The Goldmines in Sado, Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces
Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: Gold Mountain in Sado Province
Series title: Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces
Publisher: Koshimuraya Heisuke
Size: 36.1 x 24.7 cm
Condition: Backed, light wear and soiling, paper losses on the corners.
Hiroshige I 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. Hiroshige I' followed his groundbreaking 'Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido' with a long career of series of both serene, and bustling, landscapes.
In 1853 he began his 'Famous Views of the Sixty Odd Provinces', a series of sixty-nine prints, each giving a view of a famous sight from each of the sixty-eight provinces, and the capital Edo. Taking views stretching across the whole of the country of the Japan at the time, it was a little window into what was available for those looking to travel to any province.
This print shows the goldmines in Sado Province. Mining intensified there in the Edo period (1603 - 1868) and was the main source of finance for the shogunal government.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Hiroshige Ando|
|Title||Gold Mountain in Sado Province|
|Dimensions||36.1 x 24.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Backed, light wear and soiling, paper losses on the corners.|