Hiroshige II Utagawa, The Plum Orchard at Kameido, Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital

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Artist: Hiroshige II Utagawa (1826 - 1869)
Title: The Plum Orchard at Kameido
Series: Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital
Publisher: Aito
Date: 1862
Size: 36.8 x 25.4 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

hiroshige II utagawa, Plum Orchard at Kameido, Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital
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As with many of Hiroshige II's prints, those comprising the series 'Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital' borrowed compositional elements from his teacher Hiroshige I Utagawa. 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'.

'The Plum Orchard at Kameido' was previously made famous by Hiroshige I's outstanding design from the series 'One Hundred Famous Views of Edo' (1856-1858). Vincent Van Gogh, who was influenced by Japanese prints, reproduced the image in his 1887 painting 'Flowering Plum Tree (after Hiroshige)'. While the earlier print captures the most famous tree in Edo, the 'Sleeping Dragon Plum' from a unique perspective, Hiroshige II chose to place the tree in the background, with viewers at the front, admiring its beauty. It is said that the plum tree had exceptionally white blossoms and branches that travelled looping across the ground like a dragon.

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).

More Information
Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistHiroshige II Utagawa (Shigenobu)
SubjectLandscapes
Dimensions36.8 x 25.4 cm
Condition ReportHorizontal centrefold, tape marks on the back.
FoldersIn Store, EC
LocationOn Display
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