100 Views of Edo # 15 Deluxe Edition by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Prints Title: 100 Views of Edo #15 Suwa Bluff, Nippori
1st Publication: May 1856
Size: 13-1/2 x 8-7/8 + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: May 1856, 1st Deluxe Impression
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: trimmed on the left margin. A couple of mounting residue on the upper corners. Slight color fading.
Notes: This is an extremely rare first edition, Deluxe edition with Mica in the floor area. Usually, this technique was reserved for good customer or prestigious people, as the technology was fairly new, expensive and difficult to master. Great print, great colors, splendid wood marks from the original block, mica, a real masterpiece from this 100 views of Edo series.
More about this print: Suwa Shrine was located just across the road from the rear entrance of the temple depicted in the previous print, right on the edge of the Suwa Bluff, to which it lent its name. From within the shrine precincts, a broad panorama opened to the northeast.
In the far distance are the silhouettes of two mountain groups that appear several times in this series. To the right is the twin-peaked Mount Tsukuba, which appears eleven times in the series, the western Male Peak usually shown higher than the Female Peak even though it is actually twenty feet lower
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