100 Views of Edo # 10 Deluxe 1st Edition by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Print Title: Dawn at Kanda Myōjin Shrine (Kanda Myōjin akebono no kei), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: September 1857
Size: Vertical ōban; 35.9 x 24.6 cm (14 1/8 x 9 11/16 in.)
Date of this edition: September 1857, 1st edition
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Trimmed to the margin in the upper and lower section of the print. Partially trimmed on the right and left side affecting the seal. Exceptional colors and impression.
Notes: Very rare 1st edition with 3 colors in the title cartouche. Deluxe edition with Mica in the ground floor area. Usually, this technique was reserved for good customer or prestigious people, as the technology was fairly new, expensive and difficult to master.
More about this print: For lyrical effect, Hiroshige often chose a quiet moment rather than a time of high activity. Here he offers a side view of Kanda Myōjin—the unofficial shrine of the citizenry of Edo—in the cool dawn, when the benches of the outdoor teahouse lie empty. Only a corner of the vermillion shrine building is visible. The three figures, all keepers of Kanda Myōjin, look out over the city, anticipating the day's activities.
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.
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