Hiroshige 広重: The Shopping Street Suruga-chô する賀てふ (SOLD)

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Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige 広重 (1797-1858)
Title: The Shopping Street Suruga-chô 江戸名所百景 する賀てふ
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo 江戸名所百景 (Meisho Edo Hyakkei)
Date: 9/1856

All roads lead to Fuji. At least the premier shopping street with the finest stores do, as here. Hiroshige breaks his rule of resolute asymmetry in this view, and he does it successfully. The department store Echigoya shown here on both sides of the street is still going strong in Japan as the Mitsukoshi department store. The store on the right is now the Mitsui Bank. We see many kinds of people on the street, including deliverymen with large blue packs filled with dry goods strapped to their shoulders. This design remains a favorite in Japan. The coloration and printing of this work are very close to that of the First, Deluxe edition.

Condition: Excellent impression and color. Center fold, otherwise clean.
Dimensions: 36.5x 24.5 cm
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”, plate 8.
Signature: Hiroshige ga