Hiroshige II Utagawa, Shichirigahama, One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces

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Artist: Hiroshige II Utagawa (1826-1869)
Title: Shichirigahama, Sagami Province
Series: One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: 1859
Size: 35.2 x 23.2 cm

絵師:広重二代
題名:諸国名所百景 相州七里ヶ浜
年代:安政6年

Original Japanese woodblock print.

hiroshige II utagawa, Shichirigahama, Sagami Province, mount fuji, great wave, One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces
hiroshige II utagawa, Shichirigahama, Sagami Province, mount fuji, great wave, One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces hiroshige II utagawa, Shichirigahama, Sagami Province, mount fuji, great wave, One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces

As with many of Hiroshige II's prints, those comprising the series 'One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces' borrowed compositional elements from his teacher Hiroshige I Utagawa, in this case echoing his 'Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces'. At this point, he had just started using his teacher's name, who had recently passed away, therefore the prints in this series are signed 'Hiroshige'.

This design is undoubtedly a tribute to Hokusai's famous 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' from the acclaimed series 'Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji' (c. 1830-1832). The impact of Hokusai's design was so great that waves in various forms appeared in numerous woodblock prints by other artists, no doubt emulating the artist's vision. The whole image also pays homage to Mount Fuji, seen by many as a symbol of longevity and steadfastness.

The sacred mountain is shown from Shichirigahama in Sagami Province, modern-day Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture. The island resting in Sagami Bay is possibly Enoshima, a popular tourist destination to this day. Unaffected by the rough sea, a number of plovers circle above the water.

Hiroshige II Utagawa (Shigenobu)


In the genre of Japanese art, Hiroshige II Utagawa was a woodblock print artist best known for continuing the tradition of Hiroshige I Utagawa in producing landscape prints. Born in Edo (today’s Tokyo), many details of his formative years are unknown, except that he became a pupil of Hiroshige I under the name of Shigenobu. Hiroshige II produced a large number of commissioned work in the 1850s in the style of the elder Hiroshige, and often signed his work ‘Ichiryusai mon’ (student of Ichiryusai, another art name of Hiroshige).

He seems to have married Hiroshige’s daughter Otatsu and inherited Hiroshige’s name following his death in 1858. In 1865 he moved from Edo to Yokohama after dissolving his marriage and began using the name Kisai Rissho. During this decade he produced a number of collaborative print series, particularly with Kunisada, who had earlier worked with Hiroshige I.

His works have often been confounded with those of Hiroshige I, resembling them closely in style, subject, and even signature, particularly in series such as ‘One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces’ (1859-61) that echo his master’s ‘Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces’ (1853-56). ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’ (1856-58), also mainly completed by Hiroshige I, was finished by Hiroshige II following the former’s death. While the signature on this series of prints remain the same, the later designs show stylistic resemblance to those of Hiroshige II. The artist’s other notable series include ‘Eight Views of the Sumida River’ (1861) and ‘Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital’ (1861-62).

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Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistHiroshige II Utagawa (Shigenobu)
SubjectLandscapes
Dimensions35.2 x 23.2 cm
Condition ReportTrimmed, horizontal centrefold, restored small holes and corners, pinhole.
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