100 Views of Edo # 39 by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Title of the Print: 100 Views of Edo # 39: Distant View of Kinryūzan Temple and Azuma Bridge
1st Publication: August 1857
Size: 8-7/8 x 13-1/4 + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: August 1857, 1st Edition
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Soiling on the right side of the print. Some clear spots also on the right side of the print and right margin. A restored tear on the upper left corner inside the margin, not affecting the print. Great colors. Fair overall condition.
Notes: Here comes another great composition from the most famous serie of the edo era by Hiroshige. It's a little sad that the soiling has affected the right side of this print, but 90 % of the print remains intact and in great condition. The price is reflecting this condition, and it is a great opportuinity to own an original 1st Edition by Hiroshige from the 100 Views of Edo Serie for a very good price. This print is issue from the same blocks that the one exposed at the Brooklyn Museum.
More about this print: The pleasure boat in the foreground of this scene features a stylish, discreetly hidden geisha. Accompanying her would be one or two guests, perhaps another geisha, and no doubt an attendant or two.
The shower of petals fluttering by suggests that they have just enjoyed a day viewing cherry blossoms. Beyond is the "distant view" of the title. To the right is the huge main hall and the towering five-story pagoda of Asakusa Kannon Temple (formerly known as Kinryūzan Sensōji), the most ancient and popular Buddhist temple in the city. To the left is Azuma Bridge, the last and northernmost of the four bridges spanning the Sumida River, and beyond in the far distance is the peak of Mount Fuji.
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