Hiroshige II Utagawa, Toranomon Gate, Illustrations of the Famous Places of Edo
Artist: Hiroshige II Utagawa (1826-1869)
Title: Toranomon Gate（虎ノ門）
Series title: Illustrations of the Famous Places of Edo（江戸名勝図会）
Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijiro
Size: 24.3 x 36 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
As with many of Hiroshige II's prints, those comprising the series 'Views of Famous Places in Edo' borrowed compositional elements from his teacher Hiroshige I Utagawa. This series dates from the middle of Hiroshige II's career. At this point, he was using the name 'Hiroshige', since his master had died in 1858 and he took over the name and signature. Various famous places in Edo are presented in the same fashion established a few decades before and that became popular with a public fond of the landscape genre.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Hiroshige II Utagawa|
|Dimensions||24.3 x 36 cm|
|Condition Report||Trimmed, some wear on the edges, light soiling, blue pigment smudged at the top.|
Hiroshige II Utagawa
Hiroshige II ( born Suzuki Chinpei) inherited his name following the death in 1858 of his master Hiroshige, whose daughter he married.His works have often been confounded with those of his master, which they resemble closely in style, subject, and signature. Early Western scholars did not even recognize him as a separate artist.