100 Views of Edo # 6 by Ando Hiroshige

100 Views of Edo # 6 by Ando Hiroshige
Item# Hatsune-Riding-Grounds-Utagawa-Hiroshige
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Additional Pictures: Artist: Ando Hiroshige (1787-1858)

Woodblock Print Title: Hatsune Riding Grounds, Bakuro-cho (Bakuro-cho Hatsune no Baba), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

1st Publication: 1857

Size: Vertical oban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Date of this edition: 1857

Publisher: Uoya Eikichi

Condition: Very fine, fully margin.

More about this print: The three colorful strips of cloth in the foreground of this print are not celebratory banners but bolts of cloth that dyers have hung out to dry. Hiroshige emphasizes the cloth's materiality by embossing a textured weave pattern on the surface of the white bolt. In the distance stands one of the many fire-watch towers scattered throughout the city. The buildings below were largely devoted to lodging visitors to Edo, maintaining the long-established function of this site as a point of entry and departure for travelers from the north.

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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