Hiroshige: Nihon Embankment, Yoshiwara
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Nihon Embankment, Yoshiwara
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
Date: 1857/ 4
“As returning geese cross the chill moonlit sky, we can see the distant roofs of the Nightless City, set off as a separate world by the bank of rose-tinged clouds beneath. This is the Yoshiwara, the destination of most of those traveling below along the Nihon Embankment, whose very name implied a trip to the pleasure quarters.” (Henry Smith, II). Exquisite first edition, with soft clouds beneath the moon and a green tinge to the “Looking-Back Willow” at far right.
Here crowds of men visit the teahouses and hire palanquins en route to the Yoshiwara.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Full margins.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo:plate 100.
Seal: censor’s seal: aratame & date seal 4th month of Dragon year (1856); carver’s seal: Hori Kan
Signature: Hiroshige ga