Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Woodblock Prints Title: The Drum Bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine (Kameido Tenjin taikobashi), from the series Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces (Shokoku meikyō kiran)
1st Publication: 1834
Size: Oban, 9-5/8 x 14-1/2 + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: 1834, very first edition
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudō)
Condition: Publisher seals faded, although they are still visible. Some mild soiling / stains as seen on pictures, a tiny clear area in the upper right corner not affecting the print, else very fine.
Very good color, impression and overall condition.
Notes: This is the very first edition of this print, very distinctive by its "missing" lower left corner. The first set of blocks ended shorting the blue color in the lower left corner. Shortly after the first "run", a new set of corrective blocks were created to resolve the issue.
Similar 1st edition can be seen at the San Francisco Museum HERE or at the Waseda Museum in Japan
More about this print: This shrine, with its drum bridge, was one of the famous sight in Edo, dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane (845-903), a court scholar deified with the name Teijin, protector of the litterature and calligraphy.
The place was famous for its two bridges over a pond made of the shape of a heart. In this print, Hokusai devotes virtually the entire composition to the most arched bridge, known as the "male bridge"
Obviously, the scene is set in summer, as the wisteria in flower would distract the viewer's attention.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.