Hiroshige II, Gold Mine, Sado Island
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826 – 1869)
Title: 54. Inside of Gold Mine, Sado Island
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Provinces
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition report: Backed, additional backing on the binding holes on the right margin, light pencil mark on the top margin, small stamp on the back.
Size: 36.2 x 24.7 cm
In this print, Hiroshige II beautifully utilises a gradation of very limited colours to create an atmospheric historical scene, which shows the inside of the Sado Gold Mine on Sado Island in Niigata prefecture. The visual highlight of this image is the intricate depiction of light and shadow, while a historical point of interest to the viewer lies in the unique insight into this man-made tunnel system, as well as the lives of the workers that occupy it.
Three men descend into the mine from the top. Slightly below them, two men are looking for gold, using chisels to break off chunks of stone. At the very bottom, another three are on a break, eating and chatting with each other. One last character in the lower right side of the print is set further back in the tunnel system, removed from the viewer, creating depth. The entire composition is cast in shadow, the only light coming from oil lamps located near the workers.
|Artist Name||Hiroshige II Utagawa|
|Title||54. Inside of Gold Mine, Sado Island|
|Subject||Samurai & Male, Landscapes, Others|
|Condition Report||Backed, additional backing on the binding holes on the right margin, light pencil mark on the top margin, small stamp on the back.|
|Dimensions||36.2 x 24.7 cm|
|Series||One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces|