Utagawa Hiroshige: View From the Sumida River Embankment - Japanese Art Open Database

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige

Title: View From the Sumida River Embankment

Date: 1928

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Artist: Hiroshige I Format: Oban yoko-e: each sheet: 9.75" x 14.75" Subject: This set of 8 snow scenes in the Eastern Capital was published in 1928 by Shotaro Sato of Kyoto. The original black and white drawings were apparently exported to Europe and ended up in the hands of a distinguished French judge and collector Emile Javal. Mr. Sato paid a visit to Mr. Javal in 1927 and obtained permission to print the set. Having procured craftsmen considered to be the best at that time, the block-cutter, Yujiro Maeda and the printer, Gasen Oiwa, he set about the task. The original drawings bore a censorship mark, a nanushi (ward headman's) seal Fukatsu who is recorded to have worked between 1840 to 1847. Therefore it seems evident that their publication was intended and had been approved. The drawings are thought to have been executed in the period between the last two years of Tempo to the end of Koka (1842-1847) Publisher: Sato Shotaro Date: Showa 3 (1928) Condition: Fine colors. Full size. Paper toned. Some with stains, marks and damages. One with a large corner repair bottom right. Overall fair/poor state. Impression: Fine impressions with gauffrage. Complete set of 8,

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