Hiroshige 広重: First Edition of Temple Gardens, Nippori (SOLD)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige 広重 (1797-1858)
Title: First Edition Temple Gardens, Nippori
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
First, or deluxe edition. Visitors enjoy the blooming cherry trees in the three connected gardens that form the Temple Gardens of Nippori, in the outskirts of Edo. We see two weeping cherry trees at left, and numerous other blooming cherry trees throughout the garden. To the right, charmingly cropped, is the topiary in the form of a boat that was one of Shushoin gardens most famous attractions. This first edition features bokashi on every element of the design as well as mica in the sky and along the walking paths.
Scarce in this first edition.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition
Dimensions: ôban 36.5 x 24.6 cm
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo: plate 14. See Brooklyn Museum and Minneapolis Institute of Art, Harvard Art Museums, Honolulu Museum of Art (1st edition).
Seal: Aratame and the year seal snake (1
Signature: Hiroshige ga