Hiroshige: Komakata Hall and Azuma Bridge
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Komakata Hall and Azuma Bridge
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
A cuckoo flies in the misty rain on summer day, his movement echoing the red flag below, which represents an advertisement for a cosmetic. There is beautiful woodgrain in the sky and the location of the clouds differ on each print. The placement of the hototogisu above Komakata Hall would have brought to the viewer’s mind a famous love poem by the courtesan Takao.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo:plate 62.
Seal: Aratame & Snake Year/1st month (1857)
Signature: Hiroshige ga