Kiyochika: Outbreak of Fire Seen from Hisamatsu-cho 久松町ニ而見る出火 (Sold)

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika 小林清親
Title: Outbreak of Fire Seen from Hisamatsu-cho 久松町ニ而見る出火
Date: 1881

Outbreak of the Fire as Seen from Hisamatsu-cho. Dramatic print of the second devastating fire to level the area in 1881. The first fire consumed Kiyochika’s own home near Ryogoku Bridge. This print is made of a sketch Kiyochika made firsthand of the conflagration. There are many variant color states of this work. This one features strong oxidation and more dramatic hues. The inscription to the right of the title reads “Great fire on night of February 11, 1881.”

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. No center fold; large margins; unbacked. 
Dimensions: ôban 24.6 x 36.7 cm
Publisher: Fukada Komajirô
Literature: Shizuoka Mus., Kobayashi Kiyochika (exh. cat., 1998), #44; Smith, Kiyochika (exh. cat., Santa Barbara, 1988), #49; Yoshida, Kiyochika (1964), #28; Nihon hanga bijutsu zenshû 7 (1962), #81. See MFA, BM, AIC.
Signature: Kobayashi Kiyochika hitsu