Hiroshige: Ueno in Iga Province (Sold)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Ueno in Iga Province
Series: “60-odd Famous Views of the Provinces” (Rokujûyoshû meisho zue).
Very rare first state of this view, with a two-color subtitle cartouche at left and extensive bokashi (shading) throughout. Features the strong yet flowing diagonal symmetry that is prominent in many of Hiroshige’s best designs. We see small figures crossing the bridge of the Kazu River. In the distant left is a castle from 1570, a glowing yellow applied behind.The only museum that seems to have a first state of this design is the Briish Museum.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Repaired binding holes left margin.
Publisher: Koshimuraya Heisuke
Literature: See “Hiroshige’s Journey in the 60-Odd Provinces”, plate 39, page 147.
Seal: Carver’s seal: hori sôji
Signature: Hiroshige ga