Hiroshige I Utagawa, The Torch Shrine in Oki Province, Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige I Utagawa (1797-1858)
Title: 44. The Torch Shrine in Oki Province
Series title: Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces
Publisher: Koshimuraya Heisuke
Date: 1856-1858
Size: 35 x 23.3 cm
Condition: Trimmed, pinhole, paper torn on bottom right.

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.

The actual Takuhi Shrine on the island of Nishi in Oki Province is not visible, but is it suggested by the torii depicted between the trees at the top of the print. This shrine was also one of the most important sanctuaries dedicated to the gods of the sea.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title 44. The Torch Shrine in Oki Province
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 35 x 23.3 cm
Condition Report Trimmed, pinhole, paper torn on bottom right.