Hiroshige: Suijin Shrine and Massaki on the Sumida River (Sold)

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Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Title: Suijin Shrine and Massaki on the Sumida River
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
Date: 1857

(Sumidagawa Suijin no mori Massaki). Detailed closeup of double-petalled cherry blossoms (yae-zakura), cropped in the most inimitably Hiroshige way. They fill the foreground sky against a longer view of the Sumida River. On the river in the distance we see a log raft and two cargo ships glide by, and pedestrians pass in front of Suijin no Mori, “Grove of the Water God”,  a shrine that is dedicated to the river itself. This design tends to be more scarce than most designs from this series. 

Condition: Excellent color. Very good impression and condition. Barely visible center fold and minor restoration in right margin.
Dimensions: ôban (36.4 x 24.5 cm)
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”, plate 35. See Brooklyn Museum, MFA, Chazen, MIA, British Museum collections online.
Signature: Hiroshige ga