Hiroshige Ando, Yushima Tenjin Shrine, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: Hilltop View, Yushima Tenjin Shrine
Series title: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: late 19th century (originally printed in 1856-1858)
Size: 36.8 x 24.9 cm
Condition: No original margin, faded, light 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.

The hill of Yushima Tenjin Shrine offers a great view of the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno. The red walls of the temple buildings are bright beneath the snow-covered roofs. Visitors to the shrine had two ways of reaching it, a steep one called 'men's steps' and a less steep one called 'women's steps'. The two figures coming into the picture bottom right have their heads wrapped in thick scarves while another one is captured right in front of the torii gate with an umbrella.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title Hilltop View, Yushima Tenjin Shrine
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 36.8 x 24.9 cm
Condition Report No original margin, faded, light soiling.