Hiroshige Ando, Yoroi Ferry, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: Yoroi Ferry, Koami-cho
Series title: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: 1856-1858
Size: 35 x 23.5 cm
Condition: Slightly trimmed, slight wear 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.

A long row of warehouses in this print conveys a strong impression of the prosperity and material abundance of Edo (today's Tokyo). Ferries were for a long time the preferred means of crossing rivers. The city was characterised by a series of waterways, numerous canals and waterborne traffic. On the right-hand side, an elegant lady in a patterned kimono and holding a parasol looks on at the cargo boats and people crossing the canal.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title Yoroi Ferry, Koami-cho
Subject Landscapes, Kimono Design
Dimensions 35 x 23.5 cm
Condition Report Slightly trimmed, slight wear and soiling.